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Olivia's first text

February 20th, 2013

Olivia sort of completed her first text message this week. She dictated it to Claus since she can only spell 5% of these words. However, the funny part is that at the end of this long, long sentence, she actually told him, "Period." That's what the teacher is teaching at school (grammar), so that's what I reinforce at home.

I had texted Claus that I was on my way home, late from work. They were in bed already. Her response:

"I love it, that's very cool and I'll do the clover kiss and tomorrow I will dance for you and daddy when it is dark and we have time to see my dance it will be great and I love you and inca will come inside if she can come inside and ocho if she can come inside and if she can come inside on leash and I will do a nice dance for you and daddy only if we have time to play in the house and if we have an early ending from brushing teeth then we will go upstairs and then we will have a special dance from me Olivia and it's about a rose that fell from a tree and then it made a seed from its stem and then I picked it up and gave it to my friend and then a new rose bush sprouted on the old rose bush."

I love that kiddo.

2 Responses to “Olivia's first text”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    Before too long you'll want to encourage Olivia to learn how to read. One way to motivate her is to create a fantasy for her where you use a secret code that she is capable of understanding right now. For example X=kiss and O=hug (But don't let her play tic-tac-toe with the boy next door!). Or a text message that says i-c-u-at-6. Let her write coded notes on paper to put under your pillow, or send to you electronically. Sooner or later insist that she must read coded messages for herself, because nobody else will read them for her. She'll be highly motivated to learn to read and write; and she'll understand the concept that writing is creating a coded message while reading is de-coding. A different language is merely a different code, and it's a secret code to anyone who doesn't know that language. (In 7th grade a friend and I looked up the Russian alphabet in and its phonetic sounds, in an encyclopedia in the classroom, and passed notes in class using Russian letters to convey the sounds of English words -- teacher couldn't figure it out!) Then there's the true story about the Navajo code-talkers in WW2, and the ENIGMA project in England that broke the German code. And how we all use passwords on the internet.

  2. kuunakanaka:

    aloha Diane:


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