Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Shone on! Build Manuscript and Cursive Skills K-6

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Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Curriculum

New Zaner-Bloser Handwriting © 2025 engages students with even MORE opportunities to shine as writers, composers, communicators, and creative thinkers!

Research-based and proven effective, Zaner-Bloser Handwriting helps students learn to write in manuscript and cursive with just 15 minutes of instruction per day.

The Zaner-Bloser method has helped generations of students to write fluently and efficiently and enjoy a measurable impact on their short- and long-term academic success.

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What’s New for Zaner-Bloser Handwriting © 2025

Full-color print editions and interactive digital resources feature the hallmarks of Zaner-Bloser instruction.

  • Keys to Legibility (Shape, Size, Spacing, Slant) for instruction and self-assessment
  • Three-Step Lesson: Model, Practice, Evaluate
  • Four basic strokes to form all letters (manuscript and cursive)
  • Simple, student-friendly language

The © 2025 edition has been updated for better teacher and student experience based on educator feedback!

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“Cursive is faster to write than manuscript”
Aiden, Grade 4

© 2025 At a Glance


  • Perforated Student Edition pages combine instruction, practice, and self-assessment for each daily lesson
  • Easy-to-customize online handwriting quests invite additional practice and remediation


  • Intuitively designed digital resources and print/online Teacher Edition provide point-of-use support for teachers
  • Clear, 3-Step Model requires just 15 minutes of instruction per day

Inclusive for All

  • Multimodal instruction provides multiple pathways to reach all students

Measurable Student Impact

In our digital age, it’s tempting to see handwriting as optional. However, handwriting is still a key foundational skill for literacy development. Handwriting success supports students’ reading, spelling, and written communication for the rest of their lives!

“The very act of handwriting activates the language areas of the brain, demonstrating a link between handwriting and other aspects of language learning.”
(James & Engelhardt, 2012; James, 2017; Vinci-Booher et al., 2019)

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting is proven to benefit students in both the short and long term.

Short-Term Wins

Long-Term Gains

Strong literacy skills like handwriting enable students to express themselves thoughtfully and communicate effectively to build community, curiosity, and confidence.


Students learn to express themselves in writing and share their thoughts and opinions with others.


Students focus on exploring ideas and opinions and developing their composition and creative writing skills.


Students craft personalized signatures and present their ideas in ways that are empowering for themselves and accessible by others.

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Proven-Effective Manuscript & Cursive Handwriting Instruction

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting is research-based, aligned to ESSA levels, and is based on a solid instructional logic model. The comprehensive handwriting curriculum provides consistent, systematic instruction in manuscript (grades K–2M) and cursive (grades 2C–6.)

Research Based

Independent analysis by LXD Research details how Zaner-Bloser Handwriting meets ESSA-Level criteria for effectiveness. Download paper to explore:

  • Importance of handwriting instruction
  • Research-based origins of the program’s design
  • Instructional Model

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Zaner-Bloser Handwriting © 2025

  • ESSA Level Evidence Badges
  • Digital Promise’s Research-Based Design Certification

Proven Effective

Efficacy Case Study – Spring 2023

“Schools with high adoption of Zaner-Bloser Handwriting had an additional 22% of students meet handwriting proficiency.”

LXD Research

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Student and Teacher Edition Samplers

Student Edition Grade 2C Sampler

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Teacher Edition Grade 2C Sampler

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 2C Teacher sampler cover


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Handwriting: Real-World
Applications and Celebrations

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting provides numerous opportunities for students to write across content areas and practice real-world writing application. We celebrate students’ progress and each year with The Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest!

Prisha, Grade K 2024 Grand
National Champion

Bring the Benefits of a Handwriting Program to Your Students

Introduce research-based materials to engage your students while improving their handwriting efficiency, legibility, and automaticity.

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