Montessori Cursive - Original Cursive Materials

Building on a previous Montessori Nugget: Which comes first - cursive or print - writing or reading?

From Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook (the link is to the free edition on - a great historical piece, NOT where I would recommend anyone *start* their Montessori reading, but for historical value, this book and The Montessori Method are interesting.

Scroll down the section entitled:

Exercises for the Writing of Alphabetical Signs

For the section on the cursive letters used at the time. (the method/experience itself was tweaked over the years to respond the needs of the universal child - and greatly simplified). 

So the children ONLY learned cursive. Yet they could read this: