8yo dd2 has expressed interest in tidying up her handwriting. She writes block letters neatly now, the only "improvement" would be proportion and spacing, and adding lowercase letters. I have always used unlined paper to de-emphasize proportion until her hand strength and control has caught up--and it has after many years of struggle.
OK, to the point...
I am looking for the kind of samples like they would use to teach children to write in, say, France, and some brief google searches didn't turn up what I wanted.
I bought that double-lined paper in a couple of sizes, created a couple of sample pages of print and script to tape up somewhere. On one page I wrote her name in the traditional American style, both print and cursive. Then, a couple, more natural styles of my own--my own script and my more usual, "swoopy" print, which I find the easiest and most natural.
(Aside: it was really, really hard to make my writing legible!! I used to have very neat handwriting, but I can also be terribly messy as I am a fast writer and the pens nearly always slow me down, and....yeah right....that's a good one.... )
Anyhow, I like the European style of handwriting, because it has that same dynamic as my "swoopy" print. I know there are courses for cursive-style print, but (yawn!) I want to see that ultra-cool, Euro-style writing, so I can practice it (I love calligraphy) and let dd see it. Also, I see a future in writing elegant, Euro-style placards for our tres fabulous market stand.
I wanted to add that I am thrilled we have reached this point. Most of her improvement has come from writing names of her "fairies"--paper dolls. Her writing is small and neat--leaps and bounds from where she was when she could barely write "tuna" before she tired. She has always, always struggled with motor skills in her fingers, and now she is writing and drawing and coloring everyday.