How to make paragraph-style handwriting worksheets.
Every day, I check the Writing Wizard to see what new handwriting worksheets people have made and published. The idea of 'publishing' a worksheet was to let teachers and parents save their work so they can find it and use it again. I also hoped that other people would be able to use those worksheets with their own children or students.
On the whole, this has been a success. There are now thousands of user-created handwriting worksheets available in the database, which anyone can find with the search engine on the front page and use themselves.
However, I often see worksheets that are meant to look like the example below, but people have had difficulty in creating this kind of worksheet and end up with multi-column worksheets with tiny fonts that are barely readable!
So, here's a little step-by-step guide to help you recreate this kind of handwriting worksheet:
First, go to the Multi-Word Wizard, type in a title for your handwriting worksheet and put your name in the Worksheet Author box.
Next, choose 'Landscape' as the page layout, and select your writing style from the drop-down list. The example above uses 'Print (Zaner-Bloser style)'.
Then choose 'Very Large' from the choice of letter sizes. Even if you don't want large letters, the wizard automatically shrinks them to fit the page anyway, so it really is the best choice!
After that we get to 'Line Pattern'. This is the key to making a handwriting worksheet like the Town Mouse and Country Mouse example above. Select 'Dot only' from the list. This will give us a single column instead of the usual two.
Finally, type in your words or sentences. Remember that the longer your sentence is, the smaller your font will become! In the example above you'll see that I've used no more than four words on any line, and I've used just four lines. As a side note, you can add blank lines between your sentences by typing a few spaces instead of text. Try it!
When you're done, click the 'Preview or Finish' button to see how your worksheet looks. If you want to make any changes, use the back button in your browser to go back to the wizard. If you like your handwriting worksheet, go ahead and print it. Don't forget that because you chose 'Landscape', you'll need to adjust your printer settings to print in landscape. You should be able to do this from the Printer Settings option in the file menu of your browser.
If you think you'll need your worksheet again, go back and save it with the 'Save and Share' button. Don't forget that by saving it, you're allowing other teachers or parents to see and use your newly created handwriting worksheet! Go on... share!
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