Last time, we played with Patrick as he learned to connect speaking and seeing, in a book. Now we can connect a child’s speaking with what he or she want to write down. Here is Jeanette, doing just that.
MOM: How was school today?
JEANETTE: I wish I had a brother or sister.
JEANETTE: Then I’d have someone to play with at home.
MOM: OK. Which do you want first?
JEANETTE: A sister. So I could teach her things.
MOM: What’s her name? Can we call her Anna?
JEANETTE: I’ll show you. (Jeanette draws a picture of a banana, using a yellow crayon from her pencil box.)
MOM: That’s Anna?
JEANETTE: Yes, Mom. It’s Anna Banana. (Both laugh)
MOM: Actually, I think Anna Banana is a real person, but you can use the banana name if you want. Draw me another picture.
JEANETTE: I’m going to do her again in green. (She picks up a green pencil from her pencil box and draws a green banana on a piece of blank paper as she says “Anna Banana. Anna Banana. Anna Banana.”)
MOM: Good. Do you want her to talk back to you?
JEANETTE: Can she do that?
MOM: Yes, if we help her. (Mom turns to Jeannette and speaks in a soft voice) Jeanette. Will you be my big sister?
JEANETTE: That will be fun! What would you like to play?
MOM: (speaking as Anna) We could play “Head/Body/Legs” Shall I start?
Jeanette nods her head.
MOM: (as Anna. She takes another clean piece of paper and a purple pencil from Jeanette’s pencil box and draws a big, funny head, which she hides from Jeanette. She fold it over and hands it to Jeanette. Then as Anna, Mom says
I drew the head. Now, you do the body, but don’t let me see it.
JEANETTE: (picks up a blue pencil, and draws a big fat body, folds it over and hands it to Mom) Here you go. ( Mom draws some long legs with a black pencil, folds the paper and then hands it back to Jeanette, who unfolds it and bursts out laughing.) We DID it!!
MOM: Let’s write down what we just did. (Mom writes as they speak.) You were using your colored pencils…
JEANETTE: And I made “Anna” as a green banana.
MOM: Then, we played “Head/Body/Legs and we used other colors.
JEANETTE: Purple, Blue, and Black. What goes on the cover?
MOM: (taking another piece of blank paper and the black pencil.) Shall we call it “Jeanette and Anna Banana”?
JEANETTE: No, let’s call it “Jeanette Plays With Anna Banana.”(Mom writes this title on the blank paper, clips it to the other papers, and hands it to Jeanette)
MOM: Here’s the book we wrote.
JEANETTE: Is that how they make books?
JEANETTE: Yay!!!! We made a book! Note: Jeanette has learned that a book can show something that the author did that was fun to remember.
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