Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 1 Student Edition (2020 edition)

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Grade 1 Student Edition (2020 edition)

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Item #: 041006
ISBN: 9781453119280
Grades: 1

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Step-by-step instruction and self-evaluation plus engaging activities and fun, colorful illustrations get students excited about handwriting.

  • Basic manuscript strokes: vertical lines, horizontal lines, backward and forward circle lines, and slant lines
  • Manuscript uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numerals
  • Keys to Legibility
  • Handwriting Tutor
Category Description for Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 2020 Edition:

  Lots of ways to assure success here with this handwriting across the curriculum program that is sequenced and engaging in instruction. Lower levels practice names and places, writing greetings, etc. Higher grades are history-focused. All lessons follow a 3-step pattern of model, practice, evaluate. Students learn to write, review, and evaluate their handwriting. "Apply" sections allow for short student composition activities. In manuscript and cursive, letters are introduced and grouped by the strokes used. A scannable QR code will link to a Digital Tutor with how-to videos. Throughout the book, 4 colored key images will highlight ways for students to evaluate letter shape, size, spacing, and slant. The 2M book provides manuscript Books 2C-3 briefly overview manuscript and then move to cursive. Books K through 3 provide headlines, midlines, red base lines and visual helps for placement. In book 4, the red line is replaced; in 5 midlines disappear. Grades 4-6 include historically related items (sometimes even using photographs of original documents). The Teacher Editions contain reduced student images, additional multisensory activity options, teaching helps, ELL and Occupational Therapy tips. These provide multisensory options and developmentally appropriate activities. The Practice Book is a collection of reproducible masters for extra practice. The ZBPortal is not available with home school edition. Packages are available as combined Student and Teacher Edition; Student and Practice and Student, and Teacher Edition and Practice. Student books vary from approx. 60 (higher grades) to 144 pages (lower grades); pb. Teacher guides. ~ Ruth

Category Description for Zaner-Bloser Handwriting:
Zaner-Bloser At Home

Yes, it really is THE Zaner-Bloser handwriting program. After years of labeling programs as "similar to" or "in the style of," we are finally able to carry the official Z-B program. It's easy to see why it has such a stellar reputation. The style that has defined "traditional" is coupled with materials that provide clear instruction in all aspects - letter strokes, slants, spacing - as well as lots of practice. Program components include a student book, a spiral-bound teacher book, and a reproducible practice book.

Obviously the heart of the program, the Student Edition features letter models with arrows, simplified stroke descriptions given for every letter that are easy to remember, an emphasis on self-evaluation (i.e. circle your best m, etc.), and constant legibility reminders (i.e. circle a word you wrote that has good slant). Grades K, 1, and 2M are manuscript instruction. Cursive writing instruction can begin in either Grade 2 (2C) or Grade 3. To give you an idea of the instruction path, the 2C book introduces cursive about halfway through the book with undercurve, downcurve, and overcurve letters. Each letter has a page that shows both the manuscript and the cursive form, its stroke description (i.e. for t: Undercurve, Slant; undercurve. Lift. Slide right.), and provides several lines for first tracing the letters, then practicing the letter by itself and then with other letters already learned. Each page has a color photo of some item that starts with the letter (i.e. tractor). I really like the program's emphasis on self-checking - looking back over what has been written and choosing the best example of a letter or a legibility factor. Z-B identifies four Keys to Legibility (Shape, Size, Spacing, and Slant) and little key icons provide reminders to look for good examples. Cursive strokes are introduced in this order: curves, slants, joinings. Uppercase letters are introduced last. Manuscript strokes are introduced in this order: verticals, horizontals, backward circles, forward circles, and slants. The books are colorful, employ a wide variety of cross-curricular content including poetry, and provide for lots of practice. In general, they're engaging and easy to follow. Student books each include a section on writing positions and make provisions for left-handed writers. Grades K, 1, 2M, and 2C student books have a horizontal orientation with portrait orientation starting in Grade 3. Each grade level book starts with a review of previous material.

The Practice Book is a collection of reproducible black and white masters for extra practice pages. Most Student Edition pages have one or two coordinating pages from the Practice Book.

The Teacher Editions are wraparound with reduced student pages with a 1 (Model) - 2 (Practice) - 3 (Evaluate) approach. In addition to background information and articles on handwriting and literacy, page-by-page helps include suggestions for differentiation (i.e. teaching to different learning abilities - struggling or advanced learners) and teaching to different learning styles as well as support for English Language Learners. Use of the Practice Book is coordinated in the TE. The TEs provide particular help in evaluation and in teaching the student how to self-evaluate. Tips From an Occupational Therapist is an on-going sidebar which includes gross and fine motor development activities. Included with the K through Grade 2 TEs is a Music, Mazes and More CD-ROM which features sing-along songs with printable song lyrics as well as optional practice pages. Each TE also includes an evaluation poster showing five different quality levels of handwriting.

There are several ways to purchase the materials for this program. We sell the Student Edition by itself and there is enough instruction and modeling in those books that it could be a stand alone option. However, if you think you'll need more practice or you need more support in teaching, you'll want to look at one of the bundles. Bundle options include: Student Edition plus Practice Book; Student Edition plus Teacher Edition; and Student Edition, Teacher Edition, and Practice Book. Please note that there is only a Student Edition for Grades 7/8. This is a catch-up type of book that includes both manuscript and cursive instruction with some practice and an emphasis on legibility.

Student books are 95 - 160 pgs, pb (largest books are the lower/middle elementary grades). Practice books are 60 - 110 pgs, pb. Teacher books are 110 - 180 pgs, spiral-bound. ~ Janice

These materials are graded specifically and include both instruction and practice.

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age appropriate spacing for handwriting instruction
Marie A on Dec 5, 2022
Because it was required for the program we are in.
MELINDA H on Aug 23, 2022
age appropriate spacing for handwriting instruction
Marie A on Dec 5, 2022
Juliette M on Oct 21, 2022
Because it was required for the program we are in.
MELINDA H on Aug 23, 2022
homeschool curriculum
Laura T on Aug 10, 2022
Zaner Bloser is our favorite handwriting series. Both my kids have enjoyed the simple exercises and have beautiful penmanship.
Abbie D on Aug 1, 2022
recommended to us and worked well with our older child.
Janell N on Jul 8, 2022
simple, low-maintenance handwriting curriculum
Lanette T on Jun 28, 2022
I've used it before and I think it's a great way for kids to practice handwriting
PERISHAN H on Jun 12, 2022
Recommended by The Well Trained Mind
Lindsey S on Apr 10, 2022
Required curriculum purchase
Sarah C on Mar 8, 2022
It was on our curriculum list
Kathy H on Sep 10, 2021
School requested it
Naylie U on Sep 1, 2021
Great handwriting curriculum.
User on Aug 23, 2021
for homeschool
Nicole H on Jul 30, 2021
Practice makes perfect! The exercises and illustrations keep it interesting.
User on Jul 22, 2021
required for our homeschool charter
Jennifer M on Jul 15, 2021
I love the style of Zane Bloser lettering and the instructions in this book are very clear. My kids in the past have loved that they get to "evaluate" there own writing.
Kateri P on May 14, 2021
The example sheets looks interesting, intriguing. I think my 5-year-old will enjoy doing them!
User on Feb 11, 2021
Solid handwriting program.
Lisa D on Aug 24, 2020
To learn better form for writing particularly the sequence in which the lines flows
Shereen M on Jul 12, 2020
I am homeschooling a 1st grader
Hannah M on May 29, 2020
Our son loved the Kindergarten edition.
Eric M on Apr 27, 2020
Recommended by the authors of The Well Trained Mind.
Cortney H on Mar 20, 2020
school uses this in K
Matthew S on Mar 4, 2020
Classical Education for a 1st grader
Danielle W on Feb 14, 2020
After my daughter and I were both bored with a different handwriting curriculum we switched to Zaner-Bloser. My daughter now loves handwriting!
Christina S on Jan 31, 2020
My son likes this from school
Prema M on Oct 9, 2019
Juliette M on Oct 21, 2022
homeschool curriculum
Laura T on Aug 10, 2022
Do you have a downloadable version?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No, I'm sorry but we do not carry a downloadable version. You might check with the publisher's website.
does this curriculum work well for left-handed students??
A shopper on Jul 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I’ve been using it with my left hander for several years. It goes over writing positions for both hands. However, it doesn’t teach that lefties can pull their lines backwards to cross their letters by going from right to left rather than pushing from left to right. So I’d go over that with your child if you decide to use it.
what is the width of the lines 5/8 or 1/2 or other?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: They are 5/8".
what is the difference between the 2012 and 2020 editions in 1st grade?
A shopper on Feb 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The editions look a bit different graphically but are very similar content-wise. There are some changes in terms of teacher content.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Simple. Fast. Effective.
We've tried other handwriting programs and methods for our daughter. Nothing worked. She hated how long the lessons were or how hard it was to do. She LOVES the simplicity of the book and we love how great her handwriting is becoming.
June 26, 2022
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Handwriting
ZB is my favorite style of print. It starts with the easiest letters and continues on to the more difficult. My kids love the bright colorful pages, and even my son who had difficulty with fine motor skills did great with this program. Highly recommended.
March 13, 2021
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