2 STAGE 4 DEVELOPMENTAL GOALS FALL!
Friday Nov 4th, 2016 Anna completed something like 2 years of work inviting, prompting, questioning, etc. her indicate the missing where and when, which together indicate the context of any statement, like the setting of a play. She used to always say for example, "Can we get ice cream?" or "Can we get ice cream at Pick and Save?" with no "when words", so it was "no" if she meant now, and yes if she meant next time we were shopping, but it was never obvious to the listener absent the where and when what to answer. The context statements usually bundle the where and when - the when is next time, the where is at the store. She's now indicating both most of the time - up at the 85% of the time it would be appropriate for normal speakers. This means she's done with both of these Stage 4 Son-Rise Developmental Model goals simultaneously:
- Makes him/herself understood (uses context when telling a story)
- Able to answer / ask questions and make statements about past and future events (e.g. "When did you make the card?", "I am going to having spaghetti for dinner")
I'm going to include adverbs to extend this goal or add an intervening one - so I guess that's another one I'm adding to the Son-Rise Developmental Model including:
- probabilistic terms like "usually", "often", "sometimes", "almost never", etc. and
- quickly, slowly, carefully, etc. to describe the action further.
I noticed these when we were looking up all the "when" words, which were listed under the adverb listings online. I had Anna write a whole page - like 30 - when words and examples of all 30 of them in a sentence so she could earn a stuffed animal, which she did. I think this helped her start being more aware of the words as a group, but also let's not forget those thousands of reminders and prompts for 2 years, too!
BIG BOOKS Of LEARNING
I started creating a curriculum notebook on the fly as interesting things grabbed Anna's attention and would create a "challenge" around it for her and I to work on the others in our program to work on as an option - not a requirement - when I wasn't there. They took off - our first 100-page spiral bound notebook is nearly full and a second is most of the way there t00 - we need to buy another notebook as the topics grow. The "'Whens' Challenge" was just one of many. My scanner isn't working so I'll just have to attach a scan of the page or notebooks later.
AS FOR ME...
Just started coding a website I designed over the summer. I was too busy to post, reading about so many technologies. My Independent Study report was 116 pages and left out vast swaths of stuff I had no time to mention but that I had studied on my own and/or discussed with my professor. I am planning to create the most important module and core design of a site that I hope people will hear about and use someday, but don't want to say too much about it. Like the wheel, great inventions and insights seem obvious once someone has made the leap, so I'm not saying much about it til it's ready to go or close to it. So much work on formatting text and keeping your points short are benefitting all areas of communication in my life including this blog.
My son is starting college, and we're finishing up rewriting a science fiction short novel he originally drafted with edits to most sentences. I noticed it made my writing somewhat better. I make him spend equal time reading the autobiographies of billionaires like Mark Cuban and Richard Branson and other books I think are really interesting to both of us or could be useful to him, in exchange for that writing time and coown the copyright with him now.
More later, but gotto go! : )