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Zaner-Bloser Handwriting

Exceptional Handwriting Instruction Starts Here

Comprehensive and effective, Zaner-Bloser Handwriting has been honed and refined for 125 years thanks to exhaustive research from educational leaders and occupational therapists. Available for Grades PreK–6, the newest edition of Zaner-Bloser Handwriting includes online resources for teachers, the new Handwriting Tutor, and the latest in teaching tips and techniques.

With Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, Educators Will:

Teach handwriting in just
15 minutes a day.
Provide modeling with clear,
more efficient stroke
descriptions.
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Enjoy NEW! features like the
online Handwriting Tutor
for mobile devices,
eResources Center, and
Writing in the Text Types.


Teach vertical
manuscript,

which resembles environmental print and develops reading and math literacy.

Love our easy-to-use,
engaging digital
teaching tools.*


*some digital tools available separately

Meet the needs of all students
by differentiating
instruction.
  • Support for ELLs
  • OT Tips
  • Activities for all learning styles

Have the flexibility
to begin cursive
instruction

in Grade 2 or Grade 3.

Handwriting: The Foundation of Literacy

Even in today's digital world, handwriting skills are critical to students' academic success. It's because of the strong connection between handwriting proficiency and literacy. As students get better at writing by hand, they can take faster notes, write stronger passages, and perform better on standardized tests.

NEW! Check out the latest research on handwriting and young children.

Evaluate the Program for Your Class

Want to assess Zaner-Bloser Handwriting
for your classroom or school? Request a sample
for your grade level, PreK–6.


Zaner-Bloser Handwriting

Complete, Grade-Appropriate
Handwriting Instruction

The Zaner-Bloser Handwriting program provides all the
materials educators need to confidently teach handwriting.

Discover more about each grade level's curriculum by clicking the buttons below.

  • PreK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2M
  • 2C
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
PreK
Prewriting & Handwriting Basics

Core Materials

Teacher Guide

Instruction and tips for whole- and small-group activities as well as sing-along songs and letter stories on CDs.

Activity Book

Fun prewriting, alphabet, and numeral activities designed to develop fine-motor skills, handwriting skills, and phonemic awareness.

School Home Booklets

Learning doesn't have to stop outside the classroom! These blackline masters for 62 take-home handwriting practice booklets focus on one letter or numeral at a time.

Support Materials

Fine Motor Skills
Development
Teacher Guide

Journals

K
Basic Manuscript Strokes, Letters, & Numerals

Core Materials

Student Edition

Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and fun, colorful illustrations.
  • Basic manuscript strokes: vertical lines, horizontal lines, backward and forward circle lines, slant lines
  • Manuscript uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numerals 1-20
  • Handwriting Tutor

Practice Masters

Additional practice and school-to-home instruction and activities.

Teacher Edition
(Print or eBook)

Step-by-step instruction and annotation with embedded professional development.
  • Differentiation support
  • Skywriting cues
  • Multisensory activities
  • ELL student support
  • Tips from an occupational therapist
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting eToolkit is an all-digital alternative to the print program, K–3.

Support Materials

3/4" ruling,
red baseline,
broken midline,
descender space

Paper

Journals

Digital Tools

iOS Apps

ZB FontsOnline Plus

1
Manuscript Reinforcement

Core Materials

Student Edition

Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and fun, colorful illustrations.
  • Basic manuscript strokes: vertical lines, horizontal lines, backward and forward circle lines, slant lines
  • Manuscript uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numerals 1-20
  • Keys to Legibility
  • Handwriting Tutor

Practice Masters

Additional practice and school-to-home instruction and activities.

Teacher Edition
(Print or eBook)

Step-by-step instruction and annotation with embedded professional development.
  • Differentiation support
  • Skywriting cues
  • Multisensory activities
  • ELL student support
  • Tips from an occupational therapist
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting eToolkit is an all-digital alternative to the print program, K–3.

Support Materials

5/8" ruling,
red baseline,
broken midline,
descender space

Paper

Journals

Digital Tools

iOS Apps

ZB FontsOnline Plus

2M
Manuscript Mastery

Core Materials

Student Edition

Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and fun, colorful illustrations.
  • Basic manuscript strokes: vertical lines, horizontal lines, backward and forward circle lines, slant lines
  • Manuscript uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numerals 1-20
  • Keys to Legibility
  • Handwriting Tutor

Practice Masters

Additional practice and school-to-home instruction and activities.

Teacher Edition
(Print or eBook)

Step-by-step instruction and annotation with embedded professional development.
  • Differentiation support
  • Skywriting cues
  • Multisensory activities
  • ELL student support
  • Tips from an occupational therapist
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting eToolkit is an all-digital alternative to the print program, K–3.

Support Materials

1/2" ruling,
red baseline,
broken midline,
descender space

Paper

Journals

Digital Tools

iOS Apps

ZB FontsOnline Plus

2C
Manuscript Mastery & Cursive Basics

Core Materials

Student Edition

Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and colorful images
  • Introduction to basic cursive strokes: undercurve, downcurve, overcurve, slant
  • Manuscript and cursive uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numerals 1-10
  • Cursive joinings
  • Keys to Legibility
  • Handwriting Tutor

Practice Masters

Additional practice and school-to-home instruction and activities.

Teacher Edition
(Print or eBook)

Step-by-step instruction and annotation with embedded professional development.
  • Differentiation support
  • Skywriting cues
  • Multisensory activities
  • ELL student support
  • Tips from an occupational therapist
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting eToolkit is an all-digital alternative to the print program, K–3.

Support Materials

1/2" ruling,
red baseline,
broken midline,
descender space

Paper

Journals

Digital Tools

iOS Apps

ZB FontsOnline Plus

3
Manuscript Review & Transition to Cursive

Core Materials

Student Edition

Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and colorful images.
  • Manuscript review
  • Introduction to basic cursive strokes: undercurve, downcurve, overcurve, slant
  • Cursive uppercase and lowercase letters, numerals 1-10, and joinings
  • Keys to Legibility
  • Handwriting Tutor

Practice Masters

Additional practice and school-to-home instruction and activities.

Teacher Edition
(Print or eBook)

Step-by-step instruction and annotation with embedded professional development.
  • Differentiation support
  • Skywriting cues
  • Multisensory activities
  • ELL student support
  • Tips from an occupational therapist
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting eToolkit is an all-digital alternative to the print program, K–3.

Support Materials

3/8" ruling,
red baseline,
broken midline,
descender space

Paper

Journals

Digital Tools

iOS Apps

ZB FontsOnline Plus

4
Cursive Reinforcement

Core Materials

Student Edition

Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and colorful images.
  • Basic cursive strokes: undercurve, downcurve, overcurve, slant
  • Cursive uppercase and lowercase letters, numerals 1-10, and joinings
  • Manuscript maintenance
  • Keys to Legibility
  • Handwriting Tutor

Practice Masters

Additional practice and school-to-home instruction and activities.

Teacher Edition
(Print or eBook)

Step-by-step instruction and annotation with embedded professional development.
  • Differentiation support
  • Skywriting cues
  • Multisensory activities
  • ELL student support
  • Tips from an occupational therapist

Support Materials

3/8" ruling,
blue baseline,
broken midline,
descender space

Paper

Journals

Digital Tools

iOS Apps

ZB FontsOnline Plus

5
Manuscript Maintenance & Cursive Mastery

Core Materials

Student Edition

Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and colorful images.
  • Cursive uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and joinings
  • Manuscript maintenance
  • Keys to Legibility
  • Handwriting Tutor

Practice Masters

Additional practice and school-to-home instruction and activities.

Teacher Edition
(Print or eBook)

Step-by-step instruction and annotation with embedded professional development.
  • Differentiation support
  • Skywriting cues
  • Multisensory activities
  • ELL student support
  • Tips from an occupational therapist

Support Materials

3/8" ruling,
blue baseline,
no midline,
no descender space

Paper

Journals

Digital Tools

iOS Apps

ZB FontsOnline Plus

6
Manuscript & Cursive Maintenance

Core Materials

Student Edition

Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and colorful images.
  • Cursive uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and joinings
  • Manuscript maintenance
  • Keys to Legibility
  • Handwriting Tutor

Practice Masters

Additional practice and school-to-home instruction and activities.

Teacher Edition
(Print or eBook)

Step-by-step instruction and annotation with embedded professional development.
  • Differentiation support
  • Skywriting cues
  • Multisensory activities
  • ELL student support
  • Tips from an occupational therapist

Support Materials

3/8" ruling,
blue baseline,
no midline,
no descender space

Paper

Journals

Digital Tools

iOS Apps

ZB FontsOnline Plus



Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Samples

 Grade Activity Book Teacher Guide School Home Booklets
Handwriting Readiness ABC 123 Just For Me!
 Grade Student Edition Teacher Edition Practice Masters Digital Resources
K Introduction to Basic Strokes and Letters
1 Introduction to Manuscript Handwriting
2M Mastery of Manuscript Handwriting
2C Review of Manuscript Handwriting and
Introduction to Cursive Handwriting
3 Review of Manuscript Handwriting and
Introduction to Cursive Handwriting
4 Mastery of Cursive Handwriting
5 Maintenance of Manuscript and Cursive
6 Maintenance of Manuscript and Cursive
 

 



More Handwriting Resources

ZB FontsOnline Plus

Now you can create, save, and edit documents using
Zaner-Bloser's manuscript and cursive alphabets. ZB FontsOnline Plus provides templates for spelling and
vocabulary worksheets, class lists, and more.

Correspondence Course

Used by pre-service teachers in methods courses nationwide,
it's a perfect way to teach handwriting and let Zaner-Bloser's
experts grade the papers! Also beneficial to professionals in any
career who rely on written communication. Educators can earn
up to 15 contact hours. All-inclusive book contains
enrollment forms, self-study lessons, practice pages in
manuscript and cursive, and tests. Order today!

National Handwriting Contest

Develop, celebrate, and reward legible handwriting by entering the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. The annual contest measures the handwriting abilities of students in Grades K-8 in schools using Zaner-Bloser Handwriting materials.

 

 



FAQs

Q: What is the link between handwriting and literacy development?

A: By learning vertical manuscript, children learn to write the same letters they see in books, strengthening the....read more.

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Educational Research, Articles, Information, and Resources

Click on the articles that interest you. View online or print from your browser.

Apr 13
First- and eighth-grade students win Nicholas Maxim Award for mastery of manuscript and cursive handwriting.
Apr 13
The Wall Street Journal reports on recent studies showing how handwritten notes are better at boosting learning and memory than typed notes.
Oct 5
Research suggests that handwriting instruction for middle childhood and adolescence—with the goal or producing agile writers—is important for academic and professional success.
Sep 23
New white paper offers current research in handwriting for preschool children and its importance for school readiness.
Aug 26
New handwriting-readiness program—ABC 123 Just For Me!—builds foundational skills to prepare students for kindergarten.
Jun 4
The New York Times reports on a compelling body of research about the benefits of handwriting.
May 5
The Washington Post reports on a new study that shows the advantages of taking notes by hand versus keyboarding.
May 2
The Houston Independent School District blogs about their Nicholas Maxim Award winner in the 2014 National Handwriting Contest.
Apr 1
Zaner-Bloser announces the Nicholas Maxim Award Winners in the 2014 National Handwriting Contest.
Mar 26
NPR’s Cory Turner interviews education experts about the role of cursive handwriting in today’s schools.
Mar 25
In this Opinion piece, a seasoned educator explains why handwriting instruction cannot be neglected.
Mar 20
Judy Schoonover, OT and Assistive Technology Trainer in Louden County Schools, VA, and Sandra Schefkind, Pediatric Program Manager at AOTA, discuss occupational therapy in today's schools.
Mar 19
In this WTXL story, a Florida professor explains why adding handwriting to the state's standards is a necessary change.
Mar 13
In this Education Week Commentary, a teacher explains why she now believes handwriting is a critical 21st century skill.
Mar 5
This Times Reporter article shares educators' opinions about the need for handwriting instruction in schools.
Feb 17
This article discusses the research on how handwriting positively impacts learning and memorization.
Feb 3
A Columbus Parent article offers insight about the need for handwriting instruction in today's schools.
Jan 14
In his Psychology Today blog post, J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., explains the implications of removing handwriting from the curriculum.
Oct 1
For the first time since its inception, kindergarteners are invited to compete in the contest's manuscript portion.
Aug 20
Dr. William R. Klemm's Psychology Today blog post explains why schools should not stop teaching cursive.
Jul 9
A Kansas superintendent explains why handwriting remains an important part of the curriculum in her district's schools.
Jul 1
Researchers gather data about handwriting instruction by observing kindergarten students and teachers.
Apr 29
An economics professor explains how handwriting helps his students learn.
Apr 24
Two special needs students win the Nicholas Maxim Award in the 2013 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.
Apr 17
Dedication to handwriting excellence pays off for National Winners and Grand National Champions in the 2013 National Handwriting Contest.
Mar 28
A movement to keep cursive handwriting in the curriculum is taking hold across the country, this District Administration Magazine article explains.
Mar 25
Dr. Virginia Berninger responds to a handwriting policy update from the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Mar 1
In the year following Handwriting in the 21st Century? An Educational Summit, states have been revisiting the need for handwriting in schools.
Feb 1
Educators and students debate the role of cursive handwriting in the classroom.
Jan 17
Philip Hensher's essay on The Wall Street Journal website discusses the sentimental value of handwriting.
Oct 9
Zaner-Bloser participates in the dedication ceremony for the first public monument celebrating our nation’s handwriting heritage.
Oct 1
This policy update from NASBE discusses the research, the standards, and the debate about handwriting instruction.
Aug 13
Educators involved with young children who are just beginning to write have a very important job. As with all emerging skills, what is learned right from the start will shape lifelong habits and abilities.
Aug 13
Legible handwriting is increasingly important in today's curriculum. Its benefits are well documented in sources ranging from handwriting research to current news stories and the work of educational leaders.
Aug 13
A literacy work station is an area within the classroom where students work alone or interact with one another, using instructional materials to explore and expand their literacy. Learn more about how to incorporate work stations, including a handwriting work station, into your classroom.
Aug 13
Jane Case-Smith, Occupational Therapy Consultant for Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, discusses the importance of teaching handwriting to all students from an occupational therapist's perspective.
Aug 13
Handwriting is an important communication skill that reinforces reading, spelling, and writing. Because of its foundational nature, this skill is important for all children, including English Language Learners.
Aug 13
Steve Graham, Ph.D., Senior Consultant for Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, discusses his research which indicates that developmentally appropriate handwriting instruction supports literacy development.
Aug 13
A research white paper by J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., and Steve Graham, Ed.D., re-posted with permission from Saperstein Associates
Aug 13
Technology isn't necessarily an enemy of good handwriting, Deborah Basel explains in this article from Pen World magazine reviewing handwriting apps. Basel selected Zaner-Bloser's app as her favorite.
Aug 13
Hanover Research's white paper provides a fresh look at the most current research on the place of handwriting instruction in the 21st century classroom.
Aug 6
Learning to write the manuscript alphabet enhances letter recognition. It also empowers young children to write, which stimulates their interest and skill in reading.
Aug 6
Written Language Production Standards for Grades K–8 are now available for state and local adoption.
Jun 19
National standards for K–8 handwriting and keyboarding instruction are now available for review.
Jun 19
Educators and researchers explain why handwriting is necessary in the 21st century classroom.
Jun 19
Winners chosen from 325,000—record number of entries—as country's best handwriters.
Jun 19
Student inspires Zaner-Bloser to create special needs handwriting award and acts as an example in courage and determination.
Jun 19
Two special needs students are honored for their penmanship mastery in Zaner-Bloser's National Handwriting Contest.
Jun 19
Top 16 students are awarded for their handwriting mastery.
Jun 19
Baton Rouge students advance in Zaner-Bloser’s National Handwriting Contest—further reinforcing the value of good penmanship.
Jun 19
The new white paper, published by Saperstein Associates, summarizes the research presented at recent handwriting summit.
Jun 19
Educators from across the country heard and discussed evidence-based research at educational summit.
Jun 19
Zaner-Bloser, in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators, will sponsor the January 23 event.
Jun 19
Utah's Murray District schools apply Zaner-Bloser's best practices for handwriting instruction, benefiting students and teachers alike.
Jun 19
A psychological connection between how we write and who we are makes our handwriting style susceptible to outside influence.
Jun 19
New study shows powerful cognitive effects for children who practice handwriting.
Jun 19
Cursive and manuscript apps are now available for parents and teachers.
Jun 19
Garden Grove TV3 spotlights first grade student, Sarah Dang, a national winner of Zaner-Bloser's 20th Annual National Handwriting Contest.
Jun 19
The Los Angeles Times reports that practicing handwriting is a healthy brain-building activity.
Jun 19
Public school students in Columbia, Missouri, experience the many benefits of learning cursive handwriting.
Jun 19
The three new apps follow the release of the Manuscript app, which has been listed in What's Hot in the iTunes store.
Jun 19
The Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellent Penmanship will be awarded to a special needs student each year.
Jun 19
Competing in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest raises students' awareness of the importance of handwriting.
Jun 19
Tools range from multimedia instruction to online resources and handwriting apps.
Jun 19
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 2012 and Spelling Connections 2012 meet 100 percent of the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
Jun 19
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 2012 and Spelling Connections 2012 address the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
Jun 19
We live in a right-handed society. Our civilization has been built around a tradition that regards the right hand as preferable to the left. Hand tools, machines, even doors were designed on the basis of this attitude.



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