Universal Handwriting Series | Grades PK-5

Universal Handwriting for grades PK-5 provides teachers and students with the most effective method to achieve handwriting success! These full-color manuscript and cursive workbooks contain engaging lessons and activities that guide students through handwriting development, from building writing readiness skills to handwriting mastery.

The author’s unique approach to handwriting instruction teaches early learners essential foundational skills, and each subsequent workbook reinforces and enriches those skills.

Learning Manuscript Handwriting

Handwriting is such an important skill for students to learn. Research shows that writing by hand reinforces literacy development and enhances learning across the curriculum.

To give students the best chance at handwriting success, we offer handwriting books that introduce manuscript handwriting skills in a developmentally appropriate sequence.

Universal Handwriting for Early Childhood (Writing Readiness) focuses on building the skills necessary to write by hand. When students have mastered these skills, you’ll know they’re ready for formal handwriting instruction.

Universal Handwriting for Pre-K (Basic Strokes & Letters) is our most basic introduction to letter formation. This transitional handwriting book can be used in either pre-k or kindergarten, depending on the needs of individual students.

Universal Handwriting for Kindergarten (Beginning Manuscript) is a more advanced introduction to letter formation. This handwriting book provides comprehensive letter instruction while also offering sentences and words for students to trace as they are ready.

Universal Handwriting book covers for early childhood, pre-k, and kindergarten
Universal Handwriting book covers for early childhood, pre-k, and kindergarten
Universal Handwriting book covers for grades 1 and 2M

Mastering Manuscript Handwriting Skills

In order for handwriting to become an automatic process, it’s important to continue instruction and reinforce those skills from grade to grade. Students should continue to practice not only letter formation but also words and sentences. This is essential for learning how to properly space letters and words and for developing handwriting that is both fluent and legible.

Universal Handwriting Grade 1 reinforces manuscript handwriting skills. Students review basic strokes and letter formation. Words and sentence models help students understand proper letter and word spacing.

Universal Handwriting Grade 2M continues to build students’ manuscript handwriting skills. Letter, word, and sentence practice, as well as more extended writing opportunities, help students begin to improve their handwriting speed and fluency.

Universal Handwriting book covers for grades 1 and 2M

Learning Cursive Writing

Cursive writing is a rite of passage that all students look forward to. They can’t wait to be able to “write like grown-ups.”

With options to start cursive letter instruction in either grade 2 or grade 3, Universal Handwriting guides your students from learning the cursive alphabet to fluent cursive handwriting.

Universal Handwriting Grade 2MC provides a review of the manuscript letters before introducing the cursive alphabet. Students learn the cursive basic strokes, lowercase letters, and uppercase letters.

Universal Handwriting Grade 3 offers a complete introduction to cursive handwriting. Each letter page includes detailed stroke descriptions and explanations of different letter joinings.

Universal Handwriting Grade 4 reinforces previous cursive instruction and helps students continue to build their cursive writing skills. Extended writing activities encourage handwriting automaticity and help students begin to write more quickly while maintaining legible handwriting.

Universal Handwriting Grade 5 continues to provide cursive handwriting practice while helping students to transition to standard writing lines. The midline guide helps students maintain proper letter size while building speed and fluency.

Universal Handwriting book covers for grades 2MC, 3, 4, and 5
Universal Handwriting book covers for grades 2-5

Shop Universal Handwriting

Click on the covers below to learn more about each book or scroll down to request samples.

Universal Handwriting Writing Readiness Front Cover

Item #22-149 | Pre-K

Universal Handwriting Basic Strokes and Letters Front Cover

Item #22-150 | Pre-K / K

Item #22-151 | Kindergarten

Item #22-152 | Grade 1

Item #22-153 | Grade 2M (Manuscript)

Item #22-154 | Grade 2MC (Cursive)

Item #22-155 | Grade 3

Item #22-156 | Grade 4

Item #22-157 | Grade 5

Shop Handwriting Support Materials

Near- and far-point letter models for manuscript and cursive reinforce legible handwriting in all subjects throughout the day. Click on an item below to learn more.

Manuscript Handwriting Support Bundle

Manuscript Support Bundle

Manuscript Alphabet Desk Strips

Manuscript Desk Strips

Manuscript Alphabet Wall Chart

Manuscript Wall Poster

Manuscript Alphabet Wall Strips

Manuscript Wall Strips

Cursive Support Bundle

Cursive Alphabet Desk Strips

Cursive Desk Strips

Cursive Alphabet Wall Chart

Cursive Wall Poster

Cursive Alphabet Wall Strips

Cursive Wall Strips

Universal Handwriting Sample Books

Simple, effective, developmentally appropriate handwriting instruction for grades PK-6.