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3V1155.1

3V1155.01 Cuisenaire rods: playing with them after experiments (3/22/81)

Guessing games
Peggy had used Cuisenaire rods in the immediately previous videotape. Somehow she got hold of them again and I became aware that she was laying them out [Bob had, I think, tried to see if she would build a “stair.”] As she did so, she ran her finger along and chanted, “They get smaller,,, they get tinier…they get bigger…”
Gretchen

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3V1155.02 Auxiliary introduced in non-std. way: “Should” ( 3/22/81)

Peggy has been using the verb form “should” as an inquiry “Should I have cereal?” “Should you help me get dressed?”
She does this where you expect her to say “can” or “will”.
Gretchen

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3V1155.03 New question form during March and April: [Can we x — yes or no ?] ( 3/22/81)

Peggy has a habit of posing a question and demanding an immediate answer. “Can we go for a walk ? Yes or no?”
Almost every question is accompanied by this insistence.
Gretchen.

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3V1156.01 Spelling a word: “B-E-R” for bear, from “BearHug”

Peggy sat on the floor by her typewriter. She looked up at me and said, ‘I spelled ‘Bear’.’ when I asked her how, Peggy pressed in sequence the letters, ‘B’, ‘E’, & ‘R’. I asked how she knew to spell Bear that way, but she did not answer. Note, however, that her favorite toy animal ‘BearHug’ lay on the floor next to her and has his name printed on his shirt.

Peggy’s assumption that words on things are their names is borne out in this case and it permitted her a breakthrough, the first expression of a name as a sequence of letters instead of a single token symbol.