This language lesson is designed for 6 to 12-year-old children to guide them on how to write English alphabets c and a 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.
In our blog “Importance of learning cursive writing for children in the age of tablets”, we have discussed the importance of cursive writing and how it helps children to write fluently. In this video lesson, we will learn about how the letters c and a are introduced to the child in Montessori.
In cursive, children are first introduced to lowercase letters first to help them learn cursive skills in the easiest, most efficient way. As part of the development plan, the children will start with letters that are familiar from printing, transitioning from print to cursive easier.
How to Write the Letters c and a in Cursive?
In Montessori, cursive letters are introduced using letter families as it helps children to recognize the starting lines and strokes involved in letter formation.
In this video lesson, we will learn to write cursive c and cursive a. These 2 letters belong to the ‘c’ family and are introduced as Carl and Alice to make letters more relatable.
Letter ‘c’ and letter ‘a’ are middle zone letters which means they lie between the headline line and the baseline. Let us learn how to write them in cursive.
- To write cursive c: The first stroke starts with an under curve from the baseline and goes towards the headline. Now falls down as a down curve from the left to the baseline. Leave the stroke with a loop or connector towards the right side to join other cursive letters.
- To write cursive a: Start the stroke from the baseline. Make an under curve from the baseline to the headline. Falls down the stroke with a downward curve to the baseline and takes the stroke slant to the headline. Comes down to the baseline as a down curve. Leave the stroke with a loop to the right side of the letter as a connector to join other cursive letters.
The lowercase cursive ‘c’ and cursive ‘a’ connect with the succeeding lowercase letters to form new phonic sounds. Furthermore, learning how to write in cursive helps in improving the child’s reading and writing ability for writing the quite similar-looking letters in the English alphabet.
Watch the video to learn more about how to write cursive letters c and cursive a using the right stroke. Repeat this activity by asking the child to practice ‘c’ and ‘a’ alphabets in cursive, as shown in the video Have moved it to the end.
Tips to Write Cursive Correctly
Cursive writing is a unique style of writing and involves continuous strokes. Here are some tips to form the right strokes and bring out neat handwriting –
- Introduce lowercase letters using letter families when writing in cursive.
- Do not lift the pencil in between when writing in cursive. The pencil is lifted only once the letter ends.
- Cursive letters are introduced in sequence starting from c, a…… Therefore, perfect the strokes of easy alphabets first and then move to the complex ones.
- Do not hurry to finish the cursive writing exercise. Slow and steady is the right path.
- Hold the pen/pencil firmly–neither too tight nor too loose, as it may lead to breaking the flow.
Watch the video to learn more about how to write cursive letters c and cursive a using the right stroke. Repeat this activity by asking the child to practice ‘c’ and ‘a’ 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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