Free Print and Cursive School Fonts for Beginning Writers

Free handwriting fonts for teachers

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Handwriting fonts for teachers mimic lettering used to teach print and cursive handwriting skills. Some are dashed fonts so students can easily trace over them to learn the movements required to form letters.

The brief descriptions here show each of the free handwriting fonts along with a link to view a larger sample and to download the font.

Penmanship Print Font

Penmanship Print School Font

Richard Douglas

What We Like

  • Excellent for teaching block letterforms

  • Printed guidelines appear with the letters

What We Don't Like

  • Some differences from standard form

The Penmanship Print upright manuscript font is an excellent choice for teaching young children their block letter shapes. It appears with one dotted guideline and two solid guidelines to assist children in learning the correct heights of the letters.

The font differs slightly from standards. For example, there's a thinner "J" with a horizontal top stroke, a straight tail on the "q" (no hook), shorter ascenders and descenders, and an extra vertical stroke on "G."

The download contains one font in TrueType format.

Learning Curve 4.0 Font

Learning Curve Font

Blue Vinyl

What We Like

  • Includes guidelines as an extra character

  • Easily traceable

What We Don't Like

  • Slight variations from standard letter forms

Learning Curve 4.0 mimics traditional cursive handwriting worksheets but with a bit of a modern style. It is a cursive font that includes a bold, dashed, and regular font type, along with dingbats.

The dingbats include guidelines, pencils, and other handwriting graphics.

The download of Learning Curve 4.0 includes both TrueType and OpenType versions of the font.

Jarman Font

Woman writing alphabet on chalkboard
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What We Like

  • Mixture of print and cursive letterforms

  • Free for personal, noncommercial use

What We Don't Like

  • Not appropriate for the youngest learners

  • No guidelines to teach letter height

Jarman is a free slanted manuscript font created by Christopher Jarman in 1997.

The lowercase "q" has a small curved tail, and curved connectors appear on several of the lowercase characters. Other letters feature unusual curves and ears. The font is a simulation of the Christopher Jarman's cursive handwriting.

The Jarman font download contains the regular font only. Although it can be traced, Jardotty, another Christopher Jarman font, is better suited for tracing.

The download contains one font in TrueType format.

Jardotty Font

Jardotty School Font

Jacci Howard Bear

What We Like

  • Dotted font is easy to trace

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks guidelines to aid in forming letters

Created in 2006, Jardotty is another Christopher Jarman font that's also a slanted manuscript font. However, this one consists of characters formed of dots, which makes the letterforms easy to trace as students practice the motions.

Like Jarman, this one also has a small curved "q" tail with other curves on some of the other characters.

The download contains one font in TrueType format.

Primer Print Font

Primer Print

 Jacci Howard Bear

What We Like

  • Contains block forms good for use with young children

  • Includes a bold versions

What We Don't Like

  • No guidelines are included

Primer Print is an upright manuscript font does not include a trace font but does have a bold version in addition to the regular font. The font is inspired by teaching materials and is useful for young students who are just learning their letterforms.

This freeware download contains regular and bold Primer Print in Truetype format.

Print Clearly Font

Print Clearly School Font

Jacci Howard Bear

What We Like

  • Includes a traceable version of the font

What We Don't Like

  • No ruled guidelines

  • Some differences from standard form

Print Clearly is perfect not only for writing but also learning how to form the letters, since this download includes a dashed trace version for the font in addition to the regular font.

However, the font has significant differences from standard form, including being overall more narrow and having variations in J, j, K, k, and q, which has a straight tail.

The download contains the regular and dashed fonts in TrueType format.

Zyia Learns Letters Font

Zyia Learns Letters School Font

Jacci Howard Bear

What We Like

  • Dotted font is easy to trace

What We Don't Like

  • No ruled guidelines are included

Zyia Learns Letters is another upright manuscript trace font useful for teaching students how to write.

The free download contains a single font in TrueType format.

Where to Find More Free Handwriting Fonts

There are many other free handwriting or hand-drawn fonts available for downloads, but most of them are not suitable for teaching letterforms to children. However, they can be used elsewhere in the classroom. Browse through them to see a preview of the font and a download link to save it to your computer.

These websites include: