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Children’s graphics

CONTEXT: in the nursery - David, 4 years, 2 months: self-initiated drawing and mathematics.

Before he left to go to the forest with his peer group, David drew a ‘spider’.

He represented each leg, counting 1 - 15 in sequence, and then ’17, 18, 19, 20, 25.’ He then proceeded to enclose the legs with a spider web. Next he blacked out the spider’s face saying, ‘It’s all the flies on his face’.

David counted almost continuously, some of the many spider’s legs he had drawn.

Taxonomy:

  • Representing quantities that are counted.

Gallery 7: The emergence of graphic symbols and texts in pretend play
Gallery 8: Children's graphic symbols and texts in self-initiated contexts.

Resources

Publications - New in 2016:

Worthington, M. and Van Oers, B. (2015) Children’s social literacies: Meaning making and the emergence of graphical signs and texts in pretence. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 16(1), 1-29.

Worthington, M. and Van Oers, B. (2016) Pretend Play and the cultural foundations of mathematics. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 24 (1). 51-66.

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