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3V1246.01 Edit Shape 16: Miriam makes a pony shape for Peggy (6/21/81)

Miriam made a PONY shape and procedure for Peggy’s BEACH WORLD. After I saved these on a tape and Miriam went away, Peggy took over her computer again, In the interim, somehow the shape had been cleared (perhaps a crash). At any rate, Peggy keyed ES 16 and received a blank grid (this was the shape Miriam had used). When I asked what she was doing, Peggy answered, “I’m making a PONY.” But her goal was too hard. I told her to hold down the shift key and use arrows to move the blinker. She only succeeded at criss cross patterns of straight lines. when asked again what she was making, Peggy replied, “An important thing.” I told her I was glad of that.


3V1247.01 Computer as Word-tester (6/22/81)

Peggy sorts through the cards of the BEACH WORLD – She read the card WORLD with a questioning tone in her voice, then adding “I’ll try it and see,” executed it with considerable satisfaction.

Later, after creating some objects, she sorted through the cards and picked out DOWN. She acted puzzled, then tried it and when it moved the current object, noted it meant DOWN.


3V1247.02 Past tense and conditionals (6/22/81)

For the past month or so, Peggy has been forming past tenses in the typical non-standard way — ie. RUN, RUNNED. (I will have to see if I can get her to discuss this in the next session, P181 now) — to get at the question raised by Seigler of the transformation from chaotic to “rule-governed” behavior.)
Further, Peggy seems to be using conditionals with understanding.


3V1252.01 Pure Conditionals (6/27/81)

Last observation was not accurate or complete. This becomes clear from a very surprising thing Peggy said as she and I had breakfast this morning (actually, I believe she finished first, then returned to the table): “Dad, if I want some orange juice?” I looked at her and asked, “What was that ?” She answered, “If I want some orange juice.” “Do you want me to get you some orange juice?” “No,” she replied, “I said IF.”

From this interchange, it is clear that Peggy appreciates the limiting aspect of using IF but also that she does not recognize its incompleteness.