The Handwriting Skills Simplified series teaches Zaner-Bloser's simplified letter forms. The simplified forms are printed with continuous strokes most of the time in contrast to ball-and-stick printing and cursive capitals requiring three separate strokes. Many teachers consider it easier for children to make the transition from manuscript to cursive with simplified forms. (Note that simplified forms are not the same as slant print style although there are similarities in approach.) The series includes Books A through F that are appropriate for grades 1 through 6 although you might also begin Book A at kindergarten level. The first two books teach manuscript and the last four cursive. Emphasis in the last book is on legibility. Each book is 64 pages in length.