“Follow the dots” is a popular request from my son Zack. He never tires of connecting dots that form words and phrases.
“What do you want me to write?” I say.
I take the marking pen he hands me and create the letters F e r r y B o a t with dots for him to trace. Then he purposefully goes to work at the kitchen table, returning to show me his finished product.
“Good, Zack! But remember, the a has a little flag at the bottom. Otherwise it looks just like the o.” I take his hand and help him add the distinguishing mark.
He responds with “Follow the dots” and another phrase for me to create for him to trace.
Last summer Zack began to form the letter e—to actually make the straight line through the middle of the c shape and not just make it into a circle. I was ridiculously happy for days at this accomplishment. We have been working on it for at least 10 years.