This language lesson is designed for 6 to 12-year-old children to guide them on how to write English alphabets b and h in cursive.
Handwriting practice helps in strengthening the finger muscles and developing fine motor skills. It also helps the child to develop and practice hand-eye coordination. And introducing activities that involve writing in cursive is still seen as a worthwhile endeavor. There have been many studies that show that handwriting plays a significant role in children’s brain functions when they are learning. Often, children retain more information when they write than when they listen or type.
In cursive, lowercase letters (also known as close letters) are introduced first. It starts by leaving a small gap. Even letters in the Montessori movable alphabet box are also in lowercase. This helps the child in reading and recognize the written letters more easily.
Writing lowercase letters in cursive is done by forming certain strokes and, therefore, are introduced using the stroke family.
How to Write Letters b and h in Cursive?
In this video lesson, we will learn to write cursive b, and cursive h. These 2 letters belong to the loop family of cursive writing. In this video, the letters b and h are introduced as Becky and Henry.
These letters are upper zone letters that begin from the baseline and go through the headline until the top line.
- To write cursive b: The first stroke starts with an under the curve from the baseline and goes till the top line. Now make a loop back around the left and fall down as a long down-curved stroke till the baseline. It goes up with a short under a curve on the right till the headline. Now tail out a short loop towards the right side to end the letter or to join other cursive letters.
- To write cursive h: Start the stroke from the baseline. Make an under the curve from the baseline to the top line. Now turns the stroke into a loop on the left side and comes to the baseline as a slant line. Take the stroke as over a curve to the headline. Comes down to the baseline as an under-curve stroke. Leave the stroke with a connector to join other cursive letters.
Tip: Regular practice is the greatest way for children to grasp cursive writing. Basically, it entails devoting some effort and time to writing letters and later building words and sentences. Children should put this skill into practice, starting with lowercase cursive alphabets, and then going on to uppercase cursive alphabets.
List of Activities to Introduce Cursive Writing at Home
Our ability to learn new skills slows down as we become older. Hence, teaching cursive handwriting to children at an early stage when they are young helps them learn the skill more quickly.
An educator You can make the learning of cursive writing easier and enjoyable for the children.
- Cursive stories–As shown in the videos above, we can use the stories to help the child remember the strokes. This would not only make the lesson interesting, but also would be easier for the child to recall the strokes during practice time.
- Cursive rhymes- An educator can make some two to three-liner rhymes, including the alphabet being taught or some name associated with the letter.
- Flashcards–Make some flashcards and associate them with the alphabet through some animal, flower, or any such picture. Show the strokes one by one in the picture. This would help the child recall the strokes while practicing.
- Sandpaper Alphabets- While moving fingers along the sandpaper alphabet, a child gets the correct idea of the flow of the letter. Help the child move the finger along the letter for the right flow of the stroke. Encourage this task until the child attains the right formation.
- Print practice sheets–prepare some worksheets with interesting layouts and the dots for the strokes to write the letter. Give them to the child and let them trace the alphabet on the dots.
Watch the video to learn more about how to write cursive letters b and cursive h using a loop stroke. Repeat this activity by asking the child to practice the b and h alphabets in cursive, as shown in the video.
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Video Created by: Jodi Qualters (Montessori in the Park, Goodyear, Arizona)
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