CMNetwork E-bulletin: January 2012

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 The example below is included in chapter 3 of our new book Understanding Children’s Mathematical Graphics: Beginnings in Play


Jazper - 3 years, 6 months.


Images, and ideas often appear to combine in ways that can seem unlikely to adults. For example, pointing to different features in his drawing, Jazper explained ‘Red lorry, blue car and road’ then added ‘lots of eyes.’ Jazper’s drawing seemed to combine elements of both a drawing and a map (perhaps too with an unspoken narrative).

In supportive settings children explore various graphical representations for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts - including imagination, pretend play and everyday contexts. Such rich experiences help them come to see that they can also use their marks and symbols to explore and communicate their mathematical thinking.



Making meanings in imagination and symbolic play: drawings / maps

Gallery 5: Beginnings in Play


Website statistics: the figures relating to our website continue to increase, reflecting interest in young children’s mathematical thinking and graphicacy throughout the UK and internationally. 

The annual number of visitors to the Children’s Mathematics Network has grown considerably, with a total of 52586 people visiting the website in 2011. In addition to visitors from the United Kingdom (the highest proportion), we had numerous visitors from 112 other countries.



New! Worthington, M. (2012) 'The power of graphicacy for the young child' in
T. Papatheodorou and J. Moyles (Eds.) Cross Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood. London: Sage Publication


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