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3V1191.01 Nightmare: looking for Miriam (4/27/81)

Peggy woke up around midnight, sobbing loudly and crying for her sister. I tried comforting her a while. She responded, more or less to our questions, but was still asleep. Gretchen sat with her longer, than I did. The next day, I asked Peggy what was wrong the night before, if she remembered what had happened, and she replied that she had been looking for Miriam, no more.


3V119102 Cutting up a Tree: an old joke (4/27/81)

Robby and I were hauling hickory back from the site where I recently felled a tree. When Peggy came to watch us, I introduced her to a joke, a simple absurdity of the language. She knows one cuts down a tree (she has seen this twice this year). she knows one cuts up fruit and knows how up and down signify direction and can compound with other words. She has also seen the pieces on the ground where I felled the tree (Indeed, she watched with Gretchen while I sawed it up). So it was not too surprising to see her consternation when I pulled these things together and said to her, “Peggy, you see how hard Robby and I work ? Sometimes it seems silly, though. I work so hard to cut the tree down, then I cut it up again.” when her consternation hinted the absurd image had struck her, I explained it was a joke.

A few days later, she mentioned trees, saying, “You cut them down, and then you cut them up,” accompanying the last with both a smile and a gesture of the hand going from horizontal to vertical.


3V119201 Issues in learning graphical language: Logo logon messages (/28/81)

Peggy has more or less read “BY” — the common word in her story books. Her reading it shows little discrimination but for length. Today, Peggy began reading (in my presence, for the first time) the Logo Logon messages “Setting up” and “Welcome to Logo.” When they appeared on the screen, I asked if she could read them and she said yes, and she did so in something of a sing-song tone. Does she have it down right ? Of course not. She is associating an interpretation of a graphical string (which interpretation she has been told) with that string. It is striking that her reading in this computer context is taking on some of the character of her first introduction to oral language. That is, by accident she is being exposed to supra-logical strings which she gives an idiomatic meaning to. The phrases communicate information to her about the state of loading (which interests her much).

She also repeats what she has been told about other alpha strings “You have to wait till the letters come…” and “You wait until it says ‘Done, Thank you for waiting.'” This is during the process of loading programs into memory from cassette.

This all seems to be a consequence of wanting to “do it herself;” is it imitation of grown ups or is it the desire for control and understanding ?


3V119202 Unusual construction: “I won’t make sure I’ll slip.” (4/28/81)

no further detail with this note.


Peggy Study, Panel P170

Themes: Symbols, Computer Blocks, Stories for Toys, Physical Objects
Source: (Lawler); date: April, 1981

Title: Peggy Starts Quarter Fourteen
Text commentary: this is “early” computer use, both by Peggy’s age and by the historical date.
The computer used here, a TI-99 PC, was the MIT Logo Project development machine; when the Lab shipped TI-Logo to Texas Instruments, Seymour Papert released the machine for use in my developmental study of Peggy for for my creation of what we came to call computer based microworlds.

P170A Letter Signification, 38mb

P170B Computer Blocks, 31mb

P170C Play with Animals, 44mb

P170D Blocks Play, 34mb