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Practice Makes Permanent

Give your students many opportunities to practice their handwriting before they write their entry for the contest. Here are some helpful free tools and ideas to get them started:

Practice Masters
Prepare your students for the contest with our ready-made Practice Masters for a selection of letters.
Grade K
Grade 1
Grade 2

Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grades 6 & Up

ZB FontsOnline PlusTM
Create your own contest practice worksheets using Zaner-Bloser's manuscript and cursive alphabets with ZB FontsOnline PlusTM. The free version of our online application includes various worksheet templates and grade-appropriate guidelines.
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Interactive Whiteboard Resources
Digital Resources for Handwriting (for interactive whiteboards) includes letter formation animations, matching activities, and short, animated videos that feature handwriting tips. To try the videos today, choose a topic below and then select Introduction to Handwriting Basics in the menu to view.
How to Sit for Writing (Grade K)
How to Hold Your Pencil (Grade 1)
Manuscript Keys to Legibility: Size (Grade 2)
Cursive Keys to Legibility: Spacing (Grade 3)
Writing With Good Size on Notebook Paper (Grade 4)
What My Handwriting Says About Me (Grade 5)
Writing for Tests (Grades 6 & Up)

Fine and Gross Motor Skill Development
Strengthen the skills that lead to improved handwriting with these effective fine and gross motor skill development activities developed by leading occupational therapists. Learn More

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Stroke Descriptions
Take your students step-by-step through proper letter and numeral formation with these easy-to-remember stroke descriptions.
Manuscript (Grades K–2)
Cursive (Grades 3–8)
English/Spanish

The Keys to Legibility
The Four Keys to Legibility—Shape, Size, Spacing, and Slant—are essential to legible handwriting. Download these informative guidelines to help your students practice their most legible handwriting for the contest.
Manuscript (Grade K–2)
Cursive (Grades 3–4)
Cursive (Grades 5 & Up)

Evaluation Guides
As students practice for the contest, they can use these helpful guides to self-evaluate and improve their handwriting.
Grade 1 (Can also be used for Kindergarten)
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grades 6 & Up

Manuscript/Cursive Cards
These handy alphabet cards are perfect for students to use as a reference when practicing in the classroom or at home.
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Checklist for Handwriting Instruction
Use this checklist to identify ways to improve the legibility of your students' handwriting.
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