Sterling: “How old is Grandpa?”
Ruby: “I’m two too!”
“Fifty-two, Ruby. Not just two.”
“Oh. I not fifty-two. I just two.”
Teaching Sterling to write 2’s and 3’s has proved to be a challenge. And then, I said something I’ve never needed or had opportunity to say during the handwriting process.
“Pretend it’s a car, Sterling. He starts here at the top, drives around the one-way to the dotted line to park, then realizes that spot is too small and has to back up and head around the other one-way for the bottom solid line. He parks there. Two’s a smarter car. He drives around the one-way all the way to the bottom line and backs into his parking spot.”
Sterling loved my analogy. He still struggled with dexterity. But it was worth a shot.