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(x) Instructional print script with lines - SchoolHouse Printed A {Patrick}

Anybody know of a font that would be similar to the link below but in print form, not script?

School Script Lined


there's a face called SchoolHouse Printed A which ships with iwork from apple. from this company:


That's it! Perfect.

Thank you very much, Mr. King.

And if you'd like an authentic 8-year-old representation: KidType Ruled.

I found that one, but I'm wanted to have the option of making sheets that my 5-yr old could use at home.

After starting this, I got to thinking how much I love the way Europeans write their letters and numbers. Is that because their instructional sheets looked that way when they were first learning how to write? I'm very curious to see an example of their handwriting lesson sheets if that is the case.

Is that because their instructional sheets looked that way when they were first learning how to write?

Yes, exactly.

I’m very curious to see an example of their handwriting lesson sheets

Which country, which time? ;°)
I researched those ‘dialects of handwriting styles’ recently, and collected a range of copybook samples with various models. Every school authority (that is, most often, every country) has its own specifications – and letterforms. You can read a review by Mr. Bald Condensed of a presentation on that topic that I might give last month.


Here's the back page of my son's writing excercise book. It's the new Finnish writing style, it must be at least second new style since my time at school.

my 1st grade son started learning this 'swashy' handwriting last year and is what they're using this year at another school. So it appears to be at least gaining momentum here in the US.

I remember when I was in high school, we had a couple of exchange students from Germany, Spain and one from Argentina. All of them had the most fantastic handwriting. I also seem to recall that even though they came from 3 separate countries/cultures and two different continents, they were virtually the same. I theorized that penmanship was stressed more heavily outside of the US.

I'm going to do my best to replicate the number 1 and maybe someone can provide a practice sheet of a matching style? (my apologies for the poor attempt) The reason I ask, I just believe it has far more character and flair to it. Guess it's the designer side of me coming out and trying to influence my son's handwriting style.

Yeah, the figure 1 often has a hook – but not in North America nor the UK, where it is a simple stroke. I heard of a German exchange student who had to argue with her American math teacher: He read a 7 where the student had written a 1 – ‘European style’.
Then, we use a crossbar to separate a handwritten 7 from a 1. This habit seems to be so strange to Americans that they name this figure a ‘French Seven’, I was told. Have you heard this expressin, too?

No, unfortunately I haven't.

Do you happen to have any references to the instructional sheets that teach that 'Eurpean style' of writing?

These are extracts from a book about writing in Finland. The models are from 1930's and 1980's (at the bottom)
The 1930's model looks very familiar to me. It included 7 with a crossbar.

As for your son's handwriting, I don't know the system where you live, but here the children have to learn the current model, and are not allowed to use any other style to start with.

I think today a better term would be 'technical' 7. With our lives increasingly dependant on passwords, I'm all for bring back the slash-zero and 7s with cross bars. ;o)


Do you happen to write in the 'European style'?

Well, in my opinion there is not one ‘European style’; to me, French handwriting looks different from German, which looks different from Dutch …

However, yes, I was brought up in Germany and thus was taught one of the three existing German models, namely ‘Lateinische Ausgangsschrift’.

Florian: I hope I haven't offended you using the European style term. As mentioned, the three exchange students that were in my high school had what I thought to be identical handwriting. That was almost 20 yrs ago. . .ugh. ;) Thank you for the links.

Recently, I have been noticing handwritten notes from our vendors/factories in China to have a similar style of writing as well. Which is odd, considering the English colonized Hong Kong, yet the handwriting I see is more akin to the continental countries of Europe. This whole subject fascinates me for some reason.

Mr. Coles/Mili/Aluminum: Thank you very much for the references. I sincerely appreciate them.

The above samples are quite beautiful. One may have seen this type of handwriting in England perhaps 40 years ago. I'm not sure handwriting is still taught in Britain, as 25% of school leavers can neither read nor write, let alone write beautifully. The general standard here is abysmal.

The countries of Continental Europe teach handwriting, English language and grammar better than schools here in Britain. I heard a recent report on the radio that British teenagers have a vocabulary range (in English) of about 250 words.

Nick Cooke

I hope I haven’t offended you using the European style term.

No way. :°) You got mail.

That Finnish 1930s capital H was so hard to pull off as a kid. I got into the habit of using a mixed cursive. I've since kind of returned to it—whenever I'm feeling fancy.

David, I seem to have had some trouble with the H (and some other letters, too) when I was a kid. Found this address written in my old school map book.

My husband thought the 2 was strange. It's lower loop is a bit too small, so he thought it looked more like 9. My handwriting hasn't improved much since this was written in the 70's :^P