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Next to phonics and math, choosing a handwriting curriculum has been very difficult.  First you have to decide if you want to do print and then cursive, or just go straight to cursive.  Or you could skip both and do a calligraphy handwriting course.  I also wanted some control over what my kids are writing when they are practicing their penmanship.  There is no sense in writing nonsense if they can be practicing with Bible verses or quotes from great writers and thinkers. Throw in the fact that Ella is left-handed and I found myself, yet again, overwhelmed.

This summer I was given the opportunity to try out StartWrite, a computer program that allows you to customize handwriting worksheets.   I have tried a few free websites for customized worksheets, but none of them have come close to StartWrite.

First, I love that I can customize the look of the worksheet.  My kids love pretty worksheets because we're all a little bit visual learners. With StartWrite I can add colorful borders and pictures on to the worksheets.  Once my daughter figured out what I was doing, she would sit at the computer with me and pick out her graphics for her sheets.  She was more apt to actually finish the sheets she created herself.

Second, and most importantly, I like to be able to decide what kids are writing.  I can pick specific Bible verses, poems, sayings or even parts of stories for them to practice.  We aren't there yet, but I'm thinking this would also be helpful for spelling words or even phonics practice.   My daughter recently had a birthday and she dictated her thank you notes to me, I printed them on StartWrite and she “wrote” them out.  She loved being involved in the process!

Third, I appreciate that StartWrite offers so many different styles of handwriting.  You can choose to have arrows, stick and ball or just the letters. They offer a choice of handwriting styles similar to  D'Nealean, Getty-Dubay, and Zaner-Blosser among others. I was super excited to see that they even include the Palmer style, which is almost impossible to find.  My mother and her sibling learned to write using Palmer and they have the best handwriting I've ever seen.  But Palmer has fallen out of style and I'm not even sure it's in print anymore. For the Palmer alone, I would buy this software!

This software is just so flexible that it has relieved my anxiety of having to choose ONE curriculum and style.  If something doesn't work for us, we can just print out a new worksheet with a different method.

StartWrite is offering Growing Up Gabel readers a 10% discount!

Just use the code BGUG at checkout!

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I was given a copy of StartWrite to use for review purposes but all opinions are my own.  This post also contains affiliate links. 

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10 comments on “Make Your Own Handwriting Worksheets

  1. Wow! I like that you can customize your own sheets. I know that I was very stingy on this paper when my daughter was learning to write. It was expensive! I am sure it is much cheaper to print it yourself!


  2. Thanks for sharing this information. Both my kids will be in school this year and I know handwriting is something we will be working on with both of them. I like how you can customize the message with this. I think they would get into that more than the boring blank pages.

  3. Kelley Johnsen on said:

    Wow, what a great tool! My kindergartner is having a little trouble with her penmanship and I bet this would be a great tool to help. I love you can change the plans when need, great review. SFE

  4. What a great idea! I’m going to Pin this… I know some homeschoolers who would love this! Thanks!

  5. I love that you can customize it! My 2 year old is just starting to really get into writing and this would be perfect for her. I really like that you get to choose the style too… all three of my kids learn differently and have benefited from different ways of learning which StartWrite seems to understand! SFE

  6. What a great idea! I love that you can choose the words to write. If it’s something my daughter is interested in, she’ll be much more cooperative. Thanks for the info. Perfect timing with school only 24 days away. But hey, who’s counting?! 😉

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  8. We are visual learners too. I need to check it out for my little peanut. My son while he effortlessly ended the year on the honor roll his twin sister struggled with just getting through. This will be on my check list. Thanks Camille!

  9. Sounds like a great website! I always wondered how people make their own printable pages like that!