In college I was hired by a parent who put an ad in the local newspaper for a tutor for her daughter. You might think I was hired to teach her eight year old daughter math or spanish but it was for penmanship. Every Saturday for two months during the summer at 8 AM my student arrived at my apartment. We walked out to my front porch that was on the second floor and looked over the park in the middle of town. The birds chirped and an occasional car drove by but for the most part it was quiet. I have to admit that I can't remember my student's name. She started out writing in cursive that was absolutely atrocious. She had never been taught penmanship in school and her mother was doing the right thing and getting her child help that wasn't available to help her learn how to write legibly. She found an additional resource to help her child learn what should have been provided by the school. What a great mother who can recognize a deficiency in her child's learning environment and then have the courage to do something about it. For this one hour each week I was paid $10. That was a pretty good deal for me and for her as well.
As a result over the eight weeks, my student really learned stupendously and had better handwriting than myself! I started off showing her the top and bottom boundaries. The dotted middle line showed her the guidelines for where the tops of o's, a's and other guidelines where the letters should not extend. I think this was representative of most things in which children don't do well. They just need to be shown the boundaries. The children who are never shown boundaries go on to break laws and hurt other people. My father was a good example of this lack of boundary rearing during his childhood.
He told me that his parents, my grandparents had really never cared for him. He came to this conclusion based on their nonchalant attitude of never telling him he had to be home by a certain time. He had no boundaries. He claimed they never came looking for him either when he didn't come home. As a result he went on to hurt his wives, his children and his mother. He to this day is estranged from all blood relatives and has told me to only contact him when his Dad, my grandfather is dead and buried because he wants to go piss on his grave. Clearly he lives with no boundaries and doesn't care about the impact he has on others.
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