# Learn handwriting - School fonts for primary¶

Handwriting skills are still as important: most of the exams at university are held with pen and paper and still many companies in Europe ask for a handwritten motivation letter as a first selection criteria.

Our research has shown that all common beginner workbooks used in different European languages refer to the same linear-Antiqua font. You can find this font in this package under the name FibelNordTT which is the official TES font to be used for all worksheets in Nursery and in P1-P2 Primary. Alternatively the fonts Grundschrift and Patrick Hand can be used.

Choosing a common cursive handwriting font was a longer process: Although all European cursive handwriting traditions are based either on Traditional Latin Cursive or Simplyfied Latin Cursive (SAS) there are important local divergences. Thus our choice had been a compromise not satisfying everybody at 100% but fulfilling the best our criteria.

Teaching a handwriting style which differs from the one that we have learned ourself is far from trivial. Experience has shown that the usage of a handwriting computer font and screen instead of the black board simplifies this task in the classroom a lot.

Unfortunately cursive typesetting is a little more complicated then just typing because every letter needs to be available in two different shapes. These shapes can be accessed by choosing italic style. The chosen font Bienchen offers in addition a lot more possibilities for advanced users offering professional typesetting features which are explained in the manual How-to-use-Bienchen-handwriting-font.pdf. In justified special cases the alternative font Deutsche Normalschrift can be used also. A short manual is included in this package.

The installation of the computer fonts in the below package in Windows is simple: Just double-click on every .ttf file included in the TES-fonts folder.