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3V1275.01 Computer “rods” (7/20/81)

Seeing the trouble she had with the rods always falling over, I asked is a Rods microworld would be easier to manipulate and thus intellectually more accessible to her. So I proceeded to make one, substituting (a later idea) the blinking of numbers in place of partial blanks — that is the active rod is so indicated by its number name flashing at the center (end unit) of rotation.

After introducing this system (P182) later the same day, Peggy;s spontaneously adopted the objective of building a set of stairs on the table and achieved that objective. Since then, she has usually made such a construct whenever she plays with it.

This is not entirely true — for Peggy has used the active rod (usually the white one) driving it over the other rods to make them disappear. I left this feature in the system as a child-correctable bug — ie when a rod has holes in it, it can be repaired by rekeying it’s number name. when I saw Peggy had made all the rods disappear, I asked her where they were. Miriam responded that Peggy had made the white one “eat” them . I don’t know if the idea and word were Miriam’s or Peggy’s.


3V1277.01 First nearly complete Alphabet song (7/22/81)

Peggy is much interested in the alphabet. Recently she sat on the couch reading Richard Scary’s book, saying what the letter picture correspondences implied, “A is for Apple,” etc. Getting stuck once or twice she asked me to tell her what was intended by the picture (eg. Q and R showed a queen and a rug, and Peg didn’t know what to make of the pictures.)

Today, Peggy, Miriam and I were in the living room. Peggy began singing the alphabet song. Neither the melody nor sequence was perfect, but the melody was tolerable and the alphabet was expressed with correct chunks — more or less. Peggy knew she couldn’t complete the song — so she asked Miriam for help. The girls sang together and then, skipping about the room, Peggy sang the alphabet in complete form for the first time, solo. Not quite perfect, she still sings “L-O-M-O-P.”