First off when my box arrived, I was excited to see these nice workbooks for each of my students. They were excited too! Getting anything new to a first grader is excited, even if it is curriculum.
I like new things too, so I was excited to look through the teacher manual. One of my favorite things about the program is the connection between handwriting and occupational therapists. The beginning of the manual has a section of "when to call an OT." Each lesson also gives a tip from an OT. I happen to have an OT in my classroom each week for one of my students and I showed the program to her. She looked it over and was also very impressed with the OT connection.
One of the other things I really like about this program is the student book. It is colorful and engaging for my students. They love the QR codes. I do quite a bit with QR codes, so my students go a little crazy when they discover a new way to use them. The QR codes lead to a handwriting tutor. My students can check their work or use the video as a reteach if needed.
I was really impressed with the Zaner-Bloser program. There are many elements to the program that will meet all of my learners.