Make your own worksheets - printing and cursive
Startwrite is a software that allows you to design your own printing and cursive writing worksheets for your students or children.
What I love about this software iis that you can quickly make recording sheets for science observation activities, for themes, and to match children's individual interests and experiences.
StartWrite Handwriting Software helps teachers and parents create custom handwriting exercises. The cursive or linked letters join automatically. Simply type the word or sentence, hit the return key for blank lines, and it’s ready to print!
You also use the software to create practice worksheets for both printing and for cursive writing and you can choose which writing styles to follow.
I have heard of some parents using it to practice their calligraphy skills. It has over 15 fonts to choose from and includes some Spanish, math, money, and clock characters.
FAQ for Startwrite
How do I teach beginning printing?
Begin teaching letter formation with many hands on experiences such as modeling clay, paint, drawing with a stick in the sandbox and sandpaper letters. Reinforce these lessons with paper and pencil or felt markers on large sized letters on handouts. Move to smaller printing gradually.
With Startwrite you are able to large letters and slowly make the letters smaller.
Is Startwrite only for teaching printing and writing?
There are many ways to use Startwrite. Here are a few ideas:
- Focus on particular letters a child needs to have more practice printing.
- Print out vocabulary and spelling words
- Make printing or cursive worksheets to match your themes
- Make simple worksheets for science and social studies, leaving areas for childrens drawings.
- Print out plain lined paper.
- Help children memorize by tracing out quotes
- Print out poems for holidays and add pictures
- Make a scrapbook page with the child's picture
- Write a letter to Grandma and Grandpa
- Make birthday invitations
- Start journal prompts
- Write a thank you letter
Do children work at the computer with Startwrite?
No, Startwrite is a program to make your own printing and writing handouts. The teacher or parent creates the practice sheet on the computer, then prints it out for the childs writing exercise. Some children like to help create their own worksheets.
Does it work with PCs and Macs?
Mac: Classic, OS X, Snow Leopard
Will there be a Version 6.0 for Mac?
Version 6.0 for Mac is not ready yet.
What grades can use Startright?
As the letter height can be adjusted from 1/4 inch to 2 inches (and bigger) and comes in printing or cursive writing, the software is suitable for all grades.
Can I use StartWrite with other program?
No, it is a stand-alone program.
Can I add pictures?
Yes, you can insert clip art images, which can also be printed in color to add interest.
You can also add your own pictures.
How does it work?
You decide whether to print the letters in dots, dashes, or solid lines; and, whether to print directional arrows next to the letter.
Decide what size font, dot density, and shading you want, what words to print, record your children's stories or have your children type their own practice sheets.Learn more about Startwrite software here...
Beginner book sets
Christmas story map
Hands on literacy activities
Listening and speaking
Make your own worksheets software
Math and literature section
Mini-books - tips for using
Outside activities that encourage reading and writing
Picture books - criteria for choosing and suggestions
Picture books 2
Picture book illustrators
Picture book videos (DVDs)
Responding to literature
"Theme" - check out this section for more literacy ideas