Zaner-Bloser Develops Handwriting App to Engage Children in Writing

iPhone®, iPad® App Available on iTunes® For Parents and Teachers to Use

Mar 24, 2011, 08:54 ET from Zaner-Bloser

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The first Zaner-Bloser Handwriting App for iPhone® and iPad® is now available at the iTunes® store. The app, which covers Print or Manuscript handwriting, has been listed in the "What's Hot" section of the iTunes store.

The inexpensive app allows parents and teachers to prepare young children for handwriting instruction and support them as they learn. It is the latest development from Zaner-Bloser, the nation's leader in research-based handwriting instruction for more than 120 years.  Recommended for ages 3 and older, upcoming apps will be available in the following styles: Print or Manuscript in Spanish, Cursive in English and Cursive in Spanish.

"The Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Apps are a great way to engage young children in handwriting – one letter at time. This is a great tool for both parents and teachers in PreK, Kindergarten and the primary grades. Having legible handwriting and the ability to write with ease are important skills for children in today's world of high-stakes testing with handwritten sections," said Zaner-Bloser President Bob Page.

Unique letter animations demonstrate the letter formation, he said.  The apps include a "hint" button for support. A built-in reward feature, which allows students to help the character Zaney get to school by writing the handwriting strokes in correct sequence, motivates young writers to improve letter formation.

"This new product demonstrates our commitment to being the innovative leader in handwriting instruction," said Page.

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.

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