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Zaner-Bloser Offers Handwriting Apps to Keep Children Engaged Over the Summer

Apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® Available on the App Store? for Parents and Teachers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 29, 2011) - Chances are parents have already heard the "I'm bored" claim from their children home for summer break. Zaner-Bloser's series of Handwriting Apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® may cure some of that summer boredom while keeping their reading, writing, and spelling skills fresh. Available apps include Print or Manuscript handwriting, Cursive handwriting, and both Print and Cursive handwriting in Spanish. All are available now on the App Store?.

The inexpensive apps, recommended for ages 3 and older, help parents and guardians support young children as they learn to print and write in cursive. Zaner-Bloser, the nation's leader in research-based handwriting instruction for more than 120 years, developed the apps.

"The Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Apps use video animations to show the correct formations of all letters and numbers with a built-in reward that celebrates young writers' successes and motivates them to improve," said Zaner-Bloser President Bob Page. "The ability to write legibly and easily is important for academic success, particularly on high-stakes tests and college entrance exams."

Children can choose to use shaded letters and numbers for tracing or blank guidelines for practice. A "hint" button provides instructional support. The reward feature allows children to help the character Zaney get to school by writing the handwriting strokes in correct sequence.

"Zaner-Bloser is continuing its commitment to using 21st century technology to support handwriting instruction that helps all children learn proper handwriting techniques," Page added.

About Zaner-Bloser

Zaner-Bloser, a division of Highlights for Children with more than 120 years of experience in education, is one of the premier publishers of research-based reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting programs. The Zaner-Bloser mission is to create dynamic, appealing and effective educational programs and services. Zaner-Bloser focuses on distinctive programs that inspire all students to become engaged, literate participants in the global society.

Contact:

Brad Onken, 614-487-2867
Karen Twinem, 614-224-8114

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