New American Cursive Penmanship Program





The NAC Penmanship Program


presents a simplified set of letter forms and a refined multi-sensory method that help young students–and adults–develop the necessary skills to write well.

Founded and developed by handwriting specialist Iris Hatfield, with over 35 years of experience, NAC recognizes that everyone’s handwriting is unique. Each workbook is written to assist students at different levels, starting at the first grade, in not just learning the rules, but realizing and expressing their own unique and articulate cursive handwriting style. The workbooks are top-bound, making them equally accessible for left-handed or right-handed writers, and include instructions on posture for either approach.

The innovative methodology of the New American Cursive curriculum is accompanied and reinforced by time-tested values. With inspiring historical quotes and–also versions available with passages of scripture, students are encouraged to cultivate a world-view as strong as their writing abilities.

Every aspect of the New American Cursive Penmanship Program, from the workbooks to the supplementary StartWrite/NAC software, is conscientiously designed to make an enjoyable and enriching experience for students and teachers while making all the connections between a valid handwriting style and a viable cursive.

Hurry! April 10th is Quickly Aproaching!

Take the time now to prepare and submit an entry into the annual New American Cursive Penmanship Program’s Handwriting Contest! Entries are judged by grade level from from Kindergarten to 8th grade! Selected entries are featured on our website!

For more detailed information visit the contest information page here.


Our Workbook Advantages

Teaching our program is just as enjoyable as learning from it! NAC only takes 15 minutes a day and it naturally integrates with the Startwrite/NAC worksheet software. Learning cursive doesn’t have to mean hours spent writing sentence after repetitious sentence!



Teach Yourself Cursive

The New American Cursive Penmanship Program isn’t just for young students. The Teach Yourself Cursive Workbook is written so that older students and adults can easily develop a good, unique cursive style too.


Program Feedback


Cheryl Lowe,
Head of Highlands Latin School
“Students are excited about their cursive penmanship and parents are pleased to see their enthusiastic children write beautiful papers. "

Glenda, Idaho Homeschool Mom

"I have used this curriculum with my 8-year-old son, who is dyslexic, and my 5-year-old daughter, who wants to write cursive like her big brothers and sisters, with great success.  It is very straight-forward and easy to understand for both parent and the child.  I have had my children try many, many different styles of handwriting over our 10 years of homeschooling, and this has been one of the easiest with the best results.  Legible, neat handwriting is still a skill worth perfecting.  This program is providing that for my children."



Jeanette Farmer,
Handwriting Remediation Specialist, Colorado
"...your cursive handwriting program is a delightful method that can change that scenario. You've created an easy method for children to learn and for teachers to teach."