Use a good model for handwriting. From Lessons 81 to students write in cursive only. All of my kids were homeschooled. Keep handwriting lessons short. Attached is a file for your reference regarding the "Ball and Stick" alphabet used at Valentine School. Both of my girls have enjoyed the fancy font used in manuscript cursive and my sons have preferred the easier to master italics cursive.
A reference chart is printed in both the front and the back of the book. Two are currently at uni, one is at TAFE and last child is in her last year of homeschool and doing part time online uni.
The switch from traditional "ball-and-stick'' printing to D'Nealian was.
It features straight lines and round circles. Cursive First Cursive writing means joining the letters together. It should be black.
Tips for Introducing Cursive Handwriting Start with a good handwriting model. In the end it all boils down to personal preference. Teaching Handwriting: West Hartford Switches Styles became frustrated with what he called "the balls and sticks" of print manuscript.