Fonts to help kids to write + Qld Cursive

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Prior to my kids starting prep I found some great tracing fonts to help them with their handwriting.  This helped them to learn their  name and make a start on the rest of the alphabet.  This was a great beginning step, however once they started school they needed to learn the new Queensland Cursive style.  I found a font the QCursive font, typed up the alphabet in word then printed for them to use as direction with their homework.    

I have bundled together a selection of fonts which may help you to create something to help your child.  Click on the links under each image to download a particular font.  These step by step instruction may help to to on how to install fonts.  

I spent quite awhile trying to find the fonts for all states of Australia, however I couldn’t find any free versions for you…sorry. 

Fonts:  Trace  |  Trace font for kids  |  Jardotty  |  National First Font Dotty  |  National Primary Dotted  |  Print Dashed  |  Dashed Line  |  Learning Curve Pro  |  LMS Spelling Bee

Fonts:  QBeginners (Qld Font)  |  QCursive (Qld Font)  |  Victoria Modern Cursive  http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/teachingresources/english/handwriting.html |  La El 2 by Schulshriften  |  DR by Schulshriften  |  Life Lessons  |  School script

More great resources

  • Handy worksheet showing how Queensland Cursive letters connect from learningplace.com.au
  • Great website and free resource for worksheets to suit your state Kidzcopy http://www.kidzcopy.dizzybee.com.au/
  • You can purchase the font to suit your state here:  Aussie School Fonts Deluxe
  • Blank lined handwriting worksheets can be found: http://www.first-school.ws/theme/printables/writing-paper/handwriting.htm
  • image credit unknownimage credit unknown explains about the different Australian handwriting styles image credit unknown

 

 

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23 comments

Christeen January 26, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Hi
Don’t you find it strange that there is such a thing as ‘Qld Cursive’ at all? I didn’t even know that there was a difference in writing styles between the states until your post. I did notice my 9 year old has learnt differently than I did, but I thought that was because I was taught in 70’s Queensland.

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Shelley Heath October 26, 2021 - 9:49 AM

Even back in the 70s, the different states taught different styles of cursive in schools. I know this because I was in grade 4 in 1977 when my family moved from Kenmore in Brisbane to Diamond Creek in Melbourne for 6 months before returning to Qld. Not only did they try and convert my already challenged cursive handwriting (left-handed with smudging pens) to the Victorian version they moved me down a grade because Qld did not have prep at that stage.
I stumbled onto this page as I was trying to find out when the style of capital T changed in Qld cursive from what we learned in the 70s.
It is disappointing that 3-4 decades later that there is still not a standard font across all states being taught.

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Katrina Doyle January 26, 2012 - 1:06 PM

I found a practice writing letters printout on crayola website which shows the right way to write each letter great for Preps who are only beginning and tend to wite backwards.
I am laminating them so my kids can use them over and over! They can be found under the colouring pages.

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Sarah January 26, 2012 - 4:50 PM

Hi,
Just stumbled on your blog and haven;’t even made it past your first post, but can tell that I am going to enjoy it.
I downloaded the Victorian Cursive font via this link, http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/teachingresources/english/handwriting.htm
I hope this is some help to fellow Victorians.
I had my twin boys start school last year and to get them into their letters, I developed my own worksheets with characters starting with each letter, something that they could easily relate to. ie, “E” Elmo, Ernie, Elmer the Elephant, Easter Bunny, including an image so they could easily recognise them.
Thanks, Sarah

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Katrina January 27, 2012 - 10:02 PM

Welcome Sarah!! I hope you enjoy the blog further 🙂

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Jacana January 26, 2012 - 6:01 PM

Have stummbled across you blog and after an hour here and many handy tips I know I will be back – thankyou for all of your brilliant suggestions and for sharing so much.

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Katrina January 27, 2012 - 10:01 PM

Pleased you stumbled across the blog, welcome!!

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Jaynee January 26, 2012 - 11:44 PM

In WA I think we use Victorian Modern Cursive too!

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Katrina January 27, 2012 - 10:00 PM

Yes a few people have been suggesting the same.

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Dana Nelson January 27, 2012 - 6:26 AM

These are great! Thanks so much for finding these!

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Kylie January 27, 2012 - 2:53 PM

Thankyou so much for these. We have just moved from QLD to Victoria and knowing that the writing is different have been trying to teach our little girl a little over th holidays.

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Katrina January 27, 2012 - 9:54 PM

Happy to help :O)

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Nadia January 27, 2012 - 10:43 PM

From the example above I’m pretty sure in the NT we use QLD Cursive as well. It looks the same. I think it’s absurd really that there are differing handwriting styles around the country especially considering our transient population with many in the military and moving often. Maybe one day it will all come into line. They’re introducing a National Curriculum, so hopefully writing will fall in there somewhere.

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Judy c April 15, 2012 - 10:02 PM

Just what I was looking for 🙂 Thanks so much x

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Mjsmith77 June 6, 2012 - 12:40 PM

Was looking for the Q Cursive font and I stumpled on your blog… thanks for all your sharing and will be coming back for more!  All the best!

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Gtscarey July 19, 2012 - 5:16 AM

Thank you for posting these! very helpful and useful!

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Karen Borm August 26, 2013 - 4:42 PM

thanks so much for putting this all together. I was trying to find this on the net but it was becoming a mission. I already receive your emails so i knew your information would be clear and helpful.

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Nicole Cammack December 1, 2013 - 10:57 PM

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/english/Pages/handwriting.aspx Updated link to the download for Victoria Modern Cursive font download xx

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Nat Schneider January 31, 2014 - 7:44 PM

Qbeginners link no longer works

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Andrew March 17, 2014 - 9:27 AM Reply
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Kayla April 4, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Good evening! Thank you for posting a really neat collection of fonts. I am truly not wanting to be rude, but I just thought that you should know that the word “organize” is spelled with a “Z.” I really enjoy your site, and it looks very professional, other than the misspelled word all over this otherwise beautiful blog. Or, maybe that is how they spell it in Australia? Sorry, I just thought that you might want to know.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 5, 2016 - 10:24 AM

Yes this is how we spell it in Australia, we do spell a few things differently to Americans.

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