Write legibly in cursive or joined italic, allowing margins and correct spacing between letters in a word and words in a sentence (penmanship)
Student is able to write all letters of the alphabet in cursive (lower case and upper case). Student is also able to keep proper spacing between letters and words. Student knows that one does not write in the margins.
Appeal to the kinesthetic side of your child by having them practice cursive with different mediums. For example, they can make letters in sand using their fingers.
Make sure your child has the right paper to practice their cursive. It is difficult for a beginner to use white lined paper. The best paper to use is the manila paper with wide lines. The lines should have a dashed line in the middle.
Make sure your child uses a pencil to practice their cursive. Beginners will usually make mistakes and erasing mistakes will usually make for neater results.
Resist the urge to let your child write all assignments in cursive unless the teacher has given them the okay. It usually takes a while for a student to be proficient enough to write all assignments in cursive.
If your child is having a hard time learning cursive, let them know that the process will take some time. Encourage them by helping them be proficient with writing their names in cursive. Children usually enjoy being able to write their own signatures!