Again, let me say I love this thread because it's another way to get beautiful script on paper. My writing is rusty and this gets me going on it again. One thing I might suggest is a few short sentences or phrases that would go beyond just writing individual letters especially because the form changes depending on where in the word it is. Is there such a thing as "The quick brown fox ..." in Arabic that uses every letter at the beginnin, middle, and end of the word??
I'm not aware of any 'quick brown fox' type sentence. It would be too long anyway. Calligraphy is generally taught by showing the individual alphabet followed by learning and practicing how each letter is joined with all the other letters. Its quite long but by the time you're done with that the forms are fixed in your memory.
Handwriting is quite different and you get to develop some of your own ways to join letters. A lot depends on the style of one's teacher. I'm trying to keep it as simple as I can with little regard for aesthetics - I do use all shortcuts available to me in my own handwriting and it'll be very confusing to try and teach that style.
One thing that helped me was writing what was (is) on the Saudi Arabian flag (if you need to you can ignore the religious overtone) and some of the common verses in the Koran. I had Muslims teaching me this way back in the seventies. Also, rewriting text I found in Arabic books and newspapers. Now it's easy because BBC Arabic is on line. It's also fun to see how English names and new words get transliterated into Arabic. Case in point "Gangnam Style" is غانغنام ستايل It has that awful "ghain" in it - twice! You'll note some shorthand with the letter "seen" ( س ) and the new, even more effective, technique for the "double dot." Boy, I really am rusty at this!
That's my plan too. I just wanted to start at the beginning since I was asked to help at that level. I was thinking of taking a pause here to let people catch up a bit before proceeding into the joining (that and I'm getting tired of listening to the sound of my own voice in the videos :-)
You might be rusty but that lettering is pretty good and perfectly readable. Did you ever use qalams or oblique nibbed pens when learning?