Handwriting Fonts for Teachers and Kids

Teach kids to write with handwriting school fonts for classroom handouts

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Fonts that help educators use to teach print handwriting to small children are helpful aids in the classroom, especially the trace and ruled fonts for the youngest writers. Common Core Standards do not require teachers to teach cursive writing anymore, but they are allowed to, and many do. When children start doing homework in cursive, they go to their parents and teachers regularly asking how to write various letters. Even if a teacher has classroom displays that illustrate the characters, it is helpful to prepare handouts and homework that include handwriting information and lettering. Depending on their age, most students can benefit from having a teacher who uses a print, trace, ruled, or cursive handwriting font at those times.

Several companies and websites offer fonts designed specifically to assist teachers and their students while they are learning to write. Some of the sites also include practice worksheets, tips, and instructional material. As you look for fonts be aware that some cursive fonts "hook up" and some are freestanding characters. Also, some of the ruled fonts print with the lines showing. Most ruled fonts have a shortcut to prevent the rules from printing. Check the information with each font for details.​​​​​

Educational Fontware

screenshot of D'Nealian font sample
D'Nealian font.  Educational Fontware

What We Like

  • Educational Fontware offers several styles of cursive writing fonts.

  • Every font is illustrated with a complete character set.

  • Fonts are compatible with Windows 10 and earlier and with Mac OS X 10.4 and later.

What We Don't Like

  • There are no free fonts.

  • Fonts are not downloadable.

  • A DVD drive is necessary to read the font disc and install the fonts.

There are several styles of cursive writing, and your school may have a preference. Those styles include:

  • D'Nealian
  • Zaner-Bloser
  • Harcourt Brace
  • Peterson Directed Handwriting
  • McDougal, Littell
  • Palmer

The Educational Fontware website offers fonts in these and other formats. All fonts are illustrated with complete character sets, so you can judge which ones might be best for you in your classroom. Note that the cursive alphabet letters are not connected. Although businesses can purchase a single font for use, a Teacher Pack License includes all the educational fonts the company offers. The website's fonts are not downloadable. They ship on a CD, so your computer must have a CD drive to access them. A downloadable sample PDF sheet that shows all the fonts that are available.

Fonts4Teachers

Fonts4Teachers fonts samples with the letter A
Fonts4Teachers fonts. Fonts4Teachers

What We Like

  • Fonts are great for kids as they learn their letter shapes.

  • Package contains 57 OpenType fonts for school and home use.

  • Open to download or to download with a CD.

What We Don't Like

  • Examples don't include full character sets.

  • There are no free fonts or worksheets.

The Fonts4Teachers website offers several bundles of fonts for educational purposes. The site's fonts are bundled for primary school and high school students. Fonts4Teachers Deluxe package includes 57 fonts and three additional programs. The fonts include Print Writing, D'Nealian-style, Box Writing, Cursive Writing, Phonics and Sign Language. The programs are 2D Pop-Up Alphabet, 3D Alphabet, and Decorative Alphabet. The package is downloadable.

The Peterson Method Font Family

samples of Peterson Method Fonts
Peterson Method Fonts. Peterson Directed Handwriting

What We Like

  • Fonts are designed for instruction.

  • Each font can be printed in several styles.

  • Site contains 10 free short videos on learning cursive step-by-step.

What We Don't Like

  • Font examples don't include full character sets.

  • No free fonts or worksheets are offered.

The Peterson Method Font Family website displays the fonts it sells to teach the Peterson Method of print and cursive handwriting along with age guidance. The font package provides for correlating handwriting lessons across the curriculum. The fonts are Vertical Print, Slant Print, and two versions of cursive. All the fonts are available in several styles to better individualize instruction.

Schoolhouse Fonts

samples of Zaner-Bloser style fonts
Zaner-Bloser style fonts. vLetter & Schoolhouse Fonts

What We Like

  • Fonts are perfect for creating worksheets in Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian styles.

  • Site includes helpful worksheet instructions.

  • Each day brings a Free Font of the Day, along with other downloadables.

What We Don't Like

  • Fonts are not illustrated with full character sets.

  • Website no longer provides free sample worksheets.

The Schoolhouse Fonts website has redesigned its educational handwriting fonts to support the methods that are most popular in U.S. schools: Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian. The website offers a handwriting font of the day for free download. In addition to fonts, the site includes instructional information. Fonts are downloadable or you can request to have them shipped to you on a CD.

FontSpace

samples of the Penmanship Print font
Penmanship Print font.  FontSpace

What We Like

  • Several fonts with letter forms made of dots are great for kindergartners to trace.

  • Fonts with lines make practicing letter heights easy.

  • Many of the fonts are free.

What We Don't Like

  • Full character set examples are available only for some fonts.

Although not all the fonts are instructional at FontSpace, the site offers several trace fonts and penmanship fonts that illustrate letterforms with rules. These fonts are free. Several of the fonts, such as KG Primary Dots, Trace, and Trace Font for Kids consists of dotted letterforms that are designed to be traced by young children as they practice their letters. Others, like VA El 2 and VA Pe 2 provide cursive shapes for practice purposes for older children. Some, such as Rainbow Colors, are decorative fonts useful for classroom posters and handouts.

Other Uses for Handwriting Fonts

It's not just teachers who use cursive and handwriting fonts. They make a nice addition to a school newsletter, a school website, and any publication or website dealing with education.