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

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.
Jennifer Howell
252 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 35 learners
year old learners
learners per class


Charged weekly
$6 per class
Meets 2x per week
Runs week after week
25 minutes per class
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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 over 150 sections of Tails and Curls: The Art of Cursive Handwriting; Penmanship Pals: Print Handwriting and Fine Motor Skills Practice; and Penmanship Pals: Cursive Handwriting and Fine Motor Skills Practice. Students find her to be patient, cheerful, and fun.
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.
There will be no formal assessment.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Jennifer Howell
Lives in the United States
Miss Jenny's Cool School
252 total reviews
343 completed classes

About Me

Jennifer Howell has a BA degree in Education, is special education certified, and her professional experience includes special ed (Grades K to 5 and 9) for 3 yrs.; substitute (Grades pre-K to 12; all subjects) for 10 yrs.; English for non-native... 
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