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Penmanship Pals: Cursive Handwriting & Fine Motor Skills Practice (Ages 13-18)

Jennifer Howell
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(262)
Cursive handwriting instruction and fine motor skills practice for learners who have completed the Outschool course, "Tails and Curls: The Art of Cursive Handwriting," OR have basic cursive handwriting skills.

Class experience

Penmanship Pals appeals to a wide variety of learners who enroll in the course with unique goals. The course is popular among learners who struggle to achieve legible handwriting and, therefore, usually dread having to practice. It is also an enjoyable, creative outlet for young artists who gain much satisfaction from forming letters and punctuation symbols.

For a student's handwriting skills to improve, practice is required. Extra, focused work is often essential for learners with dysgraphia or other fine motor skills challenges, those of whom are left-handed, and those whose training in cursive has been sporadic. Handwriting exercise for these students can also be very frustrating and tedious and, therefore, it is difficult to find the motivation to hone their skills.

The Penmanship Pals curriculum provides a variety of handwriting activities with the hope that each student will find some or most of the topics of interest. For example, if a learner is not excited about the horse breeds or folk song lessons; perhaps they will enjoy the Olympic sports or mirror letter handwriting activities. Great care has been taken to make handwriting practice fun so that students are more likely to practice often and for longer periods of time and so that all students – whether handwriting challenged or budding calligraphy artist – will be inspired.
When Jennifer Howell attended elementary school in the 1970s, neat, legible, cursive handwriting was an important part of her education. She received good grades then and compliments throughout her life on her beautiful penmanship. In recent years, she has also practiced hand lettering and calligraphy art and has participated in events such as The Graceful Envelope Contest. In addition, she is a member of IAMPETH (International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting), participates regularly in their workshops, and attended their annual conference, IAMPETHvirtual '21.

She has taught print handwriting, cursive handwriting, and fine motor skills practice classes for more than five years. Students find her to be patient, cheerful, and fun.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
There will be no formal assessment.
Grades Offered
Learners will need a pen or pencil and some paper. There are no other requirements for supplies; however, I recommend the following:

ruled paper (preferably ½” ruled, or larger)
ballpoint or gel pen

It would also be nice to have basic art supplies handy to frame class projects for display at home or to create greeting cards and gifts using class projects.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(262)
Jennifer Howell has a BA degree in Education, is special education certified, and her professional experience includes three years as a special education aide (Grades K to 5 and Grade 9); ten years as a substitute teacher (Grades pre-K to 12; all... 
Group Class


1x per week
25 min

Completed by 40 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-8 learners per class

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