Penmanship Paper or regular lined paper – when do you transition?

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  • scrappinfor7

    I am new to CM and have pretty much been lurking the forums for the last month. I tried to find previous posts regarding when people transition from using penmanship paper for copywork to using regular lined paper, but I have not been successful. I have 6 children (10.5, 9, 8, 6.5, 5, 3.5) and have been using Reason for Handwriting (RFH). I am looking to transition from RFH for the older 3 to more CM style copywork. The younger 3 are still learning manuscript letter formation but the older three have manuscript down and a thorough intro to cursive… I’m putting my order into Miller Pads and Paper and wondered if I should order some more penmanship paper… Help! Thanks for any insights and advice you can give me.



    Hi Julie,

    I’ve not used a handwriting curriculum before, but when my children have mastered cursive is when we move to the regular wide-ruled notebook paper.



    Sonya Shafer

    We made the switch before cursive; however, I took the wide-ruled paper and drew vertical lines to connect two of the ruled lines. (OK, this is going to be hard to describe!) That way they were making a transition first to seeing that middle line be solid rather than dotted. (Is this making any sense?) Once they could write on the ruled lines, still using that middle line guide, they usually started making comments about how they would like to write smaller and could they please try writing on just one line. That’s when we switched all the way to writing on each line rather than sets of two. If I’m remembering correctly, they did only two or three pages of double line sets before we made the switch to single lines.


    Mine (3rd and 2nd grade) are printing on wide ruled. They are still learning cursive on Handwriting Without Tears paper, not sure when exactly we’ll switch with cursive.

    I didn’t do anything special. I just remind them from time to time that they need to “pretend” that there is a line in the middle of the white space.

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