I was excited to start teaching my first “computer” class with little Sally Lou today. (My great granddaughter on the Louridge side of the family.) Her friend will be joining us a little later in the month. We plan on playing together every Thursday at 4:30 until the big Burgeron Family Reunion at the end of August.
It is amazing what kids can do if given the opportunity. She dove right in. Just like her great grandma Nana Lou. After her dad asked if we were okay with onions as part of our dinner, (We both wanted to say, “Yuck”, although not to her dad. We were polite and said, “No thank you.” instead.) Then little Sally Lou used the Paper 53 app to draw a picture of an onion on a plate. She asked if we could make the onion smaller and place it on another picture with a person on it. (Creative kid!) But ol’ Nana Lou couldn’t figure out which app would help her that was easy to use on the spot. Sally Lou then suggested she could just draw the person in the corner. You can see her drawing below. She is pushing the plate away with the onion on it and her tongue is sticking out. “Ewww….”
She also liked playing with the “Old Fart” app. Turning herself and her dolls into really old ladies – some very silly. The app crashed a couple of times on us, and I let her know that’s just the way it is with technology – sometimes it doesn’t work and we just figure out how to get around it. That’s an important lesson for those Burgerons who are just dipping their toes into the digital media world. Things go wrong all the time – expect it and move on.
This week’s computer classes are asking us to explore “What is a Story?”. So I asked Sally Lou if she’d like to tell a story about the pictures and I’d record it to post on our site. She wanted to practice to get it just right. I told her that sometimes your first time is the best, but that I wouldn’t record her until she was ready. After dinner she felt ready and I loaded up the iTalk app on my iPhone. I didn’t have to teach her about the Story Spine. She just knew how to tell a story.
Here’s little Sally Lou’s story about the old lady who wanted to swim, but couldn’t because she was too old. Hmmm… I’m wondering if I’m the old lady. 🙂
Then the woman next door helped her some more and more and more.
But then after that the old lady got weak and tired. So she went into her house and never swam again.
I told her about the other Burgeron Family children around the world, and that I’d try to set-up a video chat for us. I’m hoping Little Boo and Bella Burgeron might want to meet Sally Lou. Any other family members want to stop on by?
I wonder what the story is behind this one? I can’t wait until next Thursday to find out what the story is behind this one? Any guesses out there Burgeron Family?