CMNetwork E-bulletin: June/July 2013

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Gallery 6: Genres

Using scribble-marks

Young children use scribble-marks investing them with personal meaning (Matthews, ; Carruthers and Worthington, 2006, 2011). Recent research by Worthington has revealed how they also use scribbles as ‘place-holders’ to signify some graphical communication in their play. All young children do this, seemingly to avoid slowing the flow of their play narrative, including those who – in different contexts– use letters, words, numerals and realistic drawings.

David’s spider

Prior to visiting the forest, 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 and blacked out the spider’s face, explaining, ‘It’s all the flies on his face’.

David’s message

On another occasion when David was playing outside, he asked his teacher Emma to write ‘Help me go up on the hill - Remi is stopping me!’

Emma did this, then suggested that David wrote his own. David did so, reading his rapidly drawn circular marks, as ‘Remi can’t come on the hill’.

Taxonomy: Making and communicating meanings in social pretend play and
other child-initiated contexts - graphics
(drawing, maps and writing)

Gallery 6: Genres

Resources - Most Recent Publications

Worthington, M. (2012) 'Pretend play and mathematics – informing the ‘school readiness’ debate'. TACTYC, Reflecting on Early Years Issues.

Carruthers, E. (2012) 'The pedagogy of children's mathematical graphics'. In M. McAteer (Ed.) Improving Primary Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Worthington, M. (2012) 'Children becoming expert symbol users'. In M. McAteer (Ed.) Improving Primary Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Courses and Conferences - this summer

The 5th International 'Art in Early Childhood' Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus: 7th - 9th June 2013.

EECERA Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, 28th - 31st August 2013.

Courses and Conferences: 2012-2013

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