New American Cursive
A Cursive and Penmanship Program
Iris Hatfield
Grades 1+

About New American Cursive

New American Cursive is an easy-to-follow resource for teaching beginning cursive. It presents simplified letter forms, using multi-sensory methods to aid in the learning of motor skills necessary to write well. Developed by Iris Hatfield, with over 35 years of experience in the handwriting field, the book improves the process of teaching handwriting and allows students to start at a younger age.

The character Mr. Meerkat is the book's guide, making learning tasks fun; step-by-step, he shows the way to draw each letter and encourages creativity. There are clear arrow directions for letter creation, and plenty of shaded letters to trace for practice. The book is bound at the top for equal access for left- and right-handers.

NAC's simplified strokes and letter forms allow first grade students to truly master beautiful cursive. We have used NAC in our Highlands Latin School, with dramatic results. Every child can master cursive in the first grade, and many of our first graders write better than typical third graders. Learning cursive early ensures that students are not slowed down or frustrated in the upper grades when they are focusing on other subjects, such as grammar and composition.

Check out this Pychology Today article on the Biological and Psychology Benefits of Learning Cursive!


Student Writing Samples

Eve:

Samuel:

Betsy: 

AJ:

 

New American Cursive 1:

  • Designed with the first grader in mind
  • Unnecessary strokes are eliminated; NAC alphabet has 26 fewer strokes than the top three most common cursive programs
  • Letter forms are simplified but retain the classic form for legibility
  • NAC natural right slant is easier for beginners and left-handers. If the slant is too far right, it can be difficult for lefties. Writing absolutely vertically is tiring and can slow down the writing.
  • NAC program was created to be simple, clear, and effective. It focuses on accuracy and increasing legibility.
  • A teaching guide is included. It takes students only twenty minutes of their day to practice in their NAC book.

New American Cursive 2:

  • Eight-page Teaching Guide included
  • 125 instruction exercises for excellent penmanship development
  • Practice pages include Bible verses and character-building quotes
  • Simplified alphabet, unnecessary strokes eliminated
  • Bound at the top for ease of use by left-handed students
  • Clear starting dots and arrow directions
  • Includes exercises to develop creative writing skills
  • Blank reproducible practice pages included
  • Flexible method allows for the individuality of the child

New American Cursive 3:

  • Seven-page Teaching Guide included
  • 100 instruction exercises for excellent penmanship development
  • Practice pages include Bible verses and character-building quotes
  • Simplified alphabet, unnecessary strokes eliminated
  • Bound at the top for ease of use by left-handed students
  • Includes exercises to develop creative writing skills
  • Blank reproducible practice pages included
  • Flexible method allows for the individuality of the child

New American Cursive® StartWrite® Software

The StartWrite/NAC® software is a supplement to the workbooks. It helps teachers, homeschoolers, and parents create handwriting lessons quickly and easily. StartWrite® saves hours in lesson preparation time, while creating fun, meaningful worksheets. We are excited to make Startwrite® available to everyone who wants to teach the New American Cursive® to his or her child or student.

StartWrite/NAC® allows you to create your own handwriting lessons, tailored specifically to your child or student's needs, interests, and skill levels. With the StartWrite/NAC® Handwriting Worksheet Wizard you can integrate handwriting practice with any subject. Your students can learn cursive handwriting while studying other subjects!

Startwrite/NAC® is a simple word processor; your lesson preparation time is determined only by how fast you can type!

Note: Currently not available for Mac OS.

 


Pencil & Paper Position for Right Handers

 

Pencil & Paper Position for Left Handers

 

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