(4 years, 2 months)
was with her friend Jessica in the nursery. They had each selected a
piece of paper and chosen coloured pens, holding as many as they
could in each hand and covering their paper with dots. As they
excitedly made marks, Charlotte told her teacher, ‘Look! I’m doing
hundreds and pounds!
reference to ‘hundred’s and pounds' meant that she was making
connections with the quantity of dots which seemed a lot to her.
Both a ‘hundred’ and ‘pounds’ fits into her thinking about a lot.
Charlotte used spoken language to express what the marks she made on
paper suggested to her, attending to the link between her marks and
the mathematical vocabulary of quantity in a general sense.
number and quantities:
early explorations with marks
representing quantities that are not counted