Yesterday afternoon, Emma said, “These kids do not want to eat bugs.” Then she squinted her eyes and laughed, making her shoulders shake up and down. It was a creative version of some of the work we’ve been doing during her literacy program. We’ve been working on sentences such as – These are kids, they want to rest. They are resting. Or This is a plane. It can fly, but someone has to make it fly.
“That’s funny, Em. Let’s type that.” I pulled the computer forward and gestured toward it.
Em sat down and muttered, “Shift,” as she pressed the shift key with her right index finger while simultaneously pressing the “t” on the keyboard. She then went on to type the sentence, only needing help with remembering to include the word “do”. I then typed back a nonsense question – “Do they want to eat birds?”
Emma giggled and shook her head no.
I pushed the computer toward her. “Type,” I said.
“No, they do not want to eat birds,” she wrote, being sure she made an upper case “n” for the start of the sentence.
“What do they want to eat?” I typed.
Emma looked at me. I shook my head, putting a finger to my lips and pushed the keyboard toward her.
Very slowly she typed, “They want to eat co”. She smiled at me. “Cookies,” she whispered. “I need help. Mommy hold hand.”
Cookies is not a word we’ve covered yet, so I held her hand and helped her type – cookies.
My typed conversation with Emma
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