Educational Fonts: Fonts for Education, Teaching, and Learning to Write
The section below, Fonts for Education, Teaching, Learning, includes fonts especially designed to help teach or learn handwriting or to use with teaching. All or nearly all are available for immediate download.
There are companies that specifically create fonts for educators, and there are also listings of free fonts, shareware fonts, dingbat fonts, display fonts, fonts for calendars and bulletin boards, fonts for worksheets, and more, all with teachers and educators, students, home schooling, and classrooms in mind.
On this page:
- Fonts for Education, Teaching, Learning
Also within Fonts:
- Fonts Home
- Freeware, Shareware Font Sites (2 pages)
- Font Foundries (2 pages)
- Pixel Fonts, Screen Fonts (1 page)
- Euro Symbol Fonts and Information (1 page)
- Foreign Language Fonts, Non-English Language Fonts (1 page)
- Music Fonts: Music Notation Fonts, Music Dingbats, Band Fonts (1 page)
- Font, Typography Tools, Software, Utilities (1 page)
- Newsgroups About Fonts (1 page)
- About the Fonts Section Listings
Some of these educational fonts sites are listed throughout the Fonts section; however, I've compiled them here for convenience. They include commercial, shareware, and free fonts.
- Educational Fontware
These are the makers of the fontfaces in over 10,000 U.S. schools and several foreign countries. These are designed especially for educators. They sell the following styles: D'Nealian®, Zaner-Bloser©, Harcourt Brace®, Peterson Directed Handwriting©, McDougal, Littell©, Getty-Dubay ItalicTM, SSD, and Palmer style handwriting fonts. Print their order form and order by postal mail (or possibly their toll-free 800 number). For Windows and Mac. [Fonts by Educational Fontware, Inc.]
This site has fonts for special tracing, lined, and arrowed fonts, PLUS Phonics, Math, American Sign Language and Decorative fonts for hundreds of classroom applications - with teachers in mind. Also included are D'Nealian-Style writing fonts, math fonts, math clocks, dominoes, fonts for phonics, more fonts for lesson plans. “31 best teacher's fonts to easily create perfect handwriting worksheets. Includes Manuscript, D'Nealian, Cursive, Decorative, Phonics and Math fonts with the ability to print lines, dots, and arrows!” By DownHill Publishing LLC. For PC (Windows), Mac. [Fonts by DownHill Publishing LLC.]
- Free Handwriting Fonts for Teachers
Provided by About.com's Desktop Publishing Guide. You'll find print, cursive, trace fonts - D'Nealian, Zaner-Bloser, others. Descriptions, information, and free downloads at the site. In addition you'll find links and resources to more fonts, including free fonts, shareware, commercial fonts. [Fonts provided by Jacci Howard Bear, Guide to Desktop Publishing, About.com.]
- Kid Letters
Kid Letters is “a font family specifically designed to teach children how to write. The fonts are based on the D'Nealian style of handwriting.” Comes in 8 different styles: regular, bold, guided, with arrows, with dots and arrows, letters dotted, dotted and guided, and letters with arrows and lines. Download free evaluation samples, and purchase online here, too ($15 for all 8 fonts as of August 2008). For PC, Mac, Linux. [Fonts by Juan-José Marcos.]
- MathType: Equation Editor Tips & Tricks
Already built into many word processor and desktop publishing programs, this site provides tips and tricks for using the Equation Editor. Also available at the site is a more fully-featured version of MathType. Mathtype also makes the equations into .gif images for your Web pages. See samples at Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies.
- School Fonts
Block letters, handwriting school fonts for teaching and learning. This site has Zaner-Bloser Manuscript fonts and D'Nealian Block letters fonts. Available for immediate online download purchase or via disk by postal mail. Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. [Fonts by Match Software.]
- Schoolhouse Fonts for Education
Two sets of fonts fashioned after the Zaner-Bloser© and D'Nealian® styles, especially designed for teaching handwriting and printing. Free downloadable demos available, and purchase online for immediate delivery or for postal mail delivery. [Fonts by vLetter, Inc.]
Educational fonts for teaching, printing, and handwriting - Manuscript (Zaner-Bloser©), Modern Manuscript (D'Nealian®), Italic (Getty-Dubay or Portland Italic) and Cursive. Free demo evaluation version to download. Also purchase available through their site. [Fonts by StartWrite, Inc.]
Editor note: You might also be interested in my lightbox collection of low-cost, high quality school, education images - illustrations, icons, design elements, and more (via iStockphoto). If you're looking for handwriting worksheets, see these free, printable D'Nealian Manuscript Handwriting Practice Worksheets and Coloring Activities “suitable for preschool, kindergarten and early elementary” via first-school.ws. Nicely done free worksheets for each letter of the alphabet.