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3V0973.01 “I found another Mommy-letter” (9/21/80)

So Peggy exclaimed, sitting on the piano bench as she held up a letter
“C” she found. (Of course, she means it is a “G” which I once told her
was the first letter of Gretchen’s name. I can’t escape the strength
with which such a simple comment permitted Peggy to lock on an
identification of that symbol by attaching it to a very rich center of her
affective and cognitive life.


3V0973.02 Letters and Counting (9/21/80)

Peggy played with a puzzle, a square 4x with 15 movable slabs in it,
each with a number on it from 1 to 15. I asked Peggy what she played
with and, when she said it was a present from Robby, asked by pointing
to the numbers, “What are those ?” She answered, “Letters….five, six,
seven, nine, ten, thirteen, fifteen.” While doing so, she pointed
variously at the numbered slabs. This clearly shows that she
distinguishes between letters and numbers but does not yet label them
consistently as we do. Further imperfect discriminations are witnessed
in her request that we play together, that I help her “count” her letters
— by which she means “place them in the tray they fit in.”


3V0974.01 The Pig in the book: what does Peggy mean by what she says? (9/22/80)

Peggy was playing with her “happy family” (her Fischer price dolls).
I mentioned she had other animals besides the dogs. There was a
chicken and, somewhere, a black pig. Peggy pointed to a Richard Scary
book and asked, “Can I play with that pig ?” I responded, “Can you?”
She answered, “No. It’s just a picture.”

A week or more past, after I often drove her to Jacob’s Beach in the
MG), Peggy often drove us crazy by asking, “Can I ride that horsie?”
when she saw pictures of individual animals or toys or of the Merry Go
Round in the Brittanica children’s book…It was often explained that she
was referring to a picture and she could not ride a picture… Is it
possible to believe she really meant what she said in the questions ?
A puzzle.


3V0975.01 Reading to herself (9/23/80)

Peggy has been doing this for quite some time — usually when others
are occupied otherwise. Today, in P139, I got her to read to me (which
she would never do before). Her “reading” has seemed a reconstruction
of recalled dialogue and text mixed with observations of the pictures
(or recall inspired by them). Perhaps we can capture some samples on
audio tape unobtrusively.


3V0977.01 Reading words to Peggy: unintended instruction

Peggy has been lately enjoying Richard Scary’s “Best Word Book Ever.”
She brought it to me today and asked me to read her the words (in a
general sense) “Read these words?” I read the title, etc. then began to
read the labels accompanying objects on the cover. “This word says
‘rabbit’. This word says ‘farmer’.” etc. I realized I was giving her
instruction, explicitly, in what a word is. I continued for about ten
minutes by which time Peggy was pointing to individual words and
asking “what does this word mean?” I conclude she has made a
primary identification of words as discrete clusters of letters.


3V0978.01 BANG vs. RING: limits of word recognition (9/26/80)

Peggy has been able to identify as “BANG” the word in “The Calculus
Affair” when it appears in a yellow cloud of color. She did not (in P140
in 9/29/80) distinguish it from the word “CRACK” so displayed
(although she may have done so earlier, (cf. vignette / / ). Tonight,
9/13/80, she climbed on the bed and we began reading “Destination
Moon.’ Page one shows a telephone with “RRING” above it. When
I asked its meaning, Peggy said “Ring.” She clearly discriminated
something in that picture from one saying “BANG.” On the next page,
I asked her to read a frame showing NESTOR and “DING” (no phone).
I expected her to say “BANG.” (No.) or “RING”. She looked at the
preceding page and said it did NOT say “RING.”

NB. This note lead to the experiment in P140 where I probed Peggy’s
ability to read these words. It is clear she can read the word “BANG”
but none other.


Peggy Study, Panel P139

Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Reading
Source: (Lawler); date: 9/21/1980

Text commentary: These clips show language development, object exploration and understanding when read to.

P139A1 Library Books, 26mb

P139A2 Library Books, 25mb

P139B1 Legos Play, 23mb

P139B2 Legos Play, 22mb

P139B3 Legos Play, 20mb

P139C1 Standard Objects, 18mb

P139C2 Standard Objects, 14mb