Despite what modern educators and technology wizards may think, legible handwriting is not obsolete. It brings a personal touch to our correspondence. The Spencerian form of penmanship is a highly-regarded and beautiful form of cursive writing. The very affordable series can be used to introduce cursive to elementary students, to improve the handwriting of older students and adults, or as an art form much like calligraphy.


This set includes the Theory Book plus all 5 Copybooks. The Theory Book explains how all the letters can be made gracefully and rapidly using various combinations of a few basic pen strokes. It explains Spencer's philosophy of teaching principles which engage the mind as well as the hand. It also details his methods for teaching classes of children. One of these is having the children write rhythmically, in concert, as the teacher counts. The power of this method is being rediscovered today.


The five copybooks listed below make a complete course in cursive handwriting.
  • Book 1 Introduces all the short letters. Only four strokes, or principles, as Spencer called them, are needed to produce these letters.
  • Book 2: Adds some of the tall letters - t and d - and the numerals 1-9.
  • Book 3: Completes the lower case alphabet and introduces most of the capitals.
  • Book 4: Completes the capital alphabet and provides practice on all the letters as they appear in words.
  • Book 5: Presents sentences and sayings for writing practice.  Examples: Kind words can never die. Promise little and do much.

Spencerian Penmanship Set (six books)

SKU: 088062096X
  • ISBN-10: 088062096X
    ISBN-13: 9780880620963
    Format: Paperback
    Page Count: 48 pages in Theory Book; Copybooks 24 pages each
    Author: Platt R. Spencer
    Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, adult
    Grade: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    Topic: Penmanship, Handwriting