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CONTEXT: Exploring symbols

Nursery: 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.
In this example, Elizabeth used letter-like symbols and crosses within boxes to convey personal knowledge about family members’ names.

In the second example Elizabeth used a range of letter- and numeral-like symbols and crosses for the ‘treasure map’ she had decided to make.

In both examples it is clear that Elizabeth turned to known written symbols to communicate personal meanings.

Taxonomy: Making meaning in social pretend play and imagination.

  • Exploration with symbols

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


New Publication: 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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