CMNetwork E-bulletin: February 2017

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Young children readily absorb environmental signage that matters to them. In the two examples below, the children have represented the double golden arcs of ‘M’ for ‘McDonalds’ as they try out writing a familiar letter symbol.

Isaac’s ‘M’ for MacDonald’s when playing ice cream vans outside his home, in his dad’s van.

David’s repeated ‘M’ for MacDonald’ in a notebook.


  • Explorations with gestures, words, artefacts, marks, symbols and signs.

  • GRAPHICACY: writing

Gallery 7: The emergence of graphic symbols and texts in pretend play

Gallery 8: Children's graphic symbols and texts in self-initiated contexts.


Most Recent publications:

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.

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.

Carruthers, E. (2015). Listening to children's mathematics in school. In B. Perry., A. Gervasoni and A. MacDonald. Eds. Mathematics and Transition to School - International Perspectives. Sydney, Australia: Springer.

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