Free Print and Cursive School Fonts for Learning How to Write

Free handwriting fonts for learning how to write

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These free handwriting fonts for teachers mimic lettering used to teach print and cursive handwriting skills. Some are dashed fonts so that it's easy to trace over them to learn the movements required to form the letters.

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


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

The "q" has a small curved tail, and curved "connectors" appear on several of the lowercase characters. Other letters feature unusual curves and ears.

  • TraceSee Jardotty, below
  • Rules: No
  • Style: A simulation of the Christopher Jarman cursive handwriting scheme


Jardotty School Font

Jacci Howard Bear

Created in 2006, Jardotty is another Christopher Jarman font that's also a slanted manuscript font. However, this one is a traceable font to make it easy to practice the motions.

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

  • Trace: Yes
  • Rules: No
  • Style: Another simulation of Jarman's cursive handwriting scheme

Learning Curve 4.0

Learning Curve Font

Blue Vinyl

Learning Curve is a cursive font that includes a bold, dashed, and regular font type all in one.

  • Rules: Yes, as extra character
  • Trace: Yes
  • Extras: Yes, practice curves, rules
  • Style: Similar to Zaner-Bloser old-style but with variations in W and D, and a few other slight differences

Penmanship Print

Penmanship Print School Font

Richard Douglas

The Penmanship Print upright manuscript font was created in 1998 by Richard Douglas.

  • Rules: Yes, two solid and one dashed
  • Style: It differs from 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."

Primer Print

Primer Print

 Jacci Howard Bear

This upright manuscript font does not include a trace font but does have a bold version.

  • Rules: No
  • Trace: No
  • Extras: Yes, bold version
  • Style: Zaner-Bloser old-style manuscript

Print Clearly

Print Clearly School Font

Jacci Howard Bear

This clear font is perfect not only for writing but also learning how to form the letters, since this download includes a trace/dash version.

  • Rules: No
  • Trace: Yes
  • Style: Somewhat similar to Zaner-Bloser old-style but with significant differences, including being overall more narrow and having variations in J, j, K, k, and q (it has a straight tail).

Zyia Learns Letters

Zyia Learns Letters School Font

Jacci Howard Bear

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

  • Rules: No
  • Trace: Yes
  • Style: This font is similar to Harcourt Brace.

Where to Find More Free Handwriting Fonts

Several of the preceding sources many other free handwriting font downloads. Browse through them to see a preview of the font and a download link to save it to your computer.

Other websites offer free handwritten fonts, too: