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Elizabeth - 3 years 7 Months
Elizabeth compared her written name
label with another. Another child
noted that her own name was
‘smaller’ and Elizabeth replied that
she had some ‘really long’ names in
her family, giving examples of her
dad and grandma’s full names.
example, Elizabeth used letter-like
symbols and crosses within boxes to
convey personal knowledge about
family members’ names.
second example Elizabeth used a
range of letter- and numeral-like
symbols and crosses for the
‘treasure map’ she had decided to
examples it is clear that Elizabeth
turned to known written symbols to
communicate personal meanings.
Making meaning in
social pretend play and imagination.
8: Children's graphic symbols and texts in
Worthington, M. 2015.
Mathematics and the ecology of
pretend play. In. J. Moyles. Editor. The
Excellence of Play. 4th Edition.
Maidenhead: Open University Press.
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