Note how much more like the the normal letterforms you're used to seeing in print these letters are. And how much more like the hand printed letterforms most children know how to form already when they start learning cursive. I'm confident that the energy I spent learning loopy cursive badly in the second grade would have been more than enough to learn roundhand well. (The image above is part of an illustration at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/english/bibliography/handwriting/new_web_pages/rhand.htm, which is linked from one of the references in the original thread in tla's journal: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/english/bibliography/handwriting/new_web_pages/acquisition.htm. ) The original thread also links to a rather garish page of basic pointers on penmanship, But parents of small children may be interested in the elementary school teaching materials, apparently widely used in English schools, he is also responsible for.