Speed in cursive writing
- Ask students to work on timed cursive writing. Start with just cursive exercises (Use the cursive exercise ideas below). Timed cursive can also be done with a sentence or list of words like spelling words.
- Cursive exercises- Use a timer and ask students to complete a worksheet of cursive writing or a single page of cursive exercises like waves and connected T’s, loops, or bumps, students can be timed on completion with accuracy.
- Timed letter count- Turn on a timer and ask students to write cursive words. Written work can be strings of letters, words, or sentences as student’s copy from a model placed on their desk. Students can write as much as they are able in the given time. When the timer goes off, students can stop and count the number of words or individual letters they were able to write. Repeat this exercise each day, marking down number of words.
- Eventually work on short words such as sight words or commonly used words. They can copy a strand of these words with timed tests.
Timed cursive exercise tips
Students who write too slowly in cursive will benefit from increased practice and back attrition. Overtime the speed will increase as the the motor plan of letters becomes more automatic.