CMNetwork E-bulletin: March 2013

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The Website Statistics show how interest in children’s mathematical graphics continues to grow! Summary

The examples below are included in our recent book Understanding Children’s Mathematical Graphics: Beginnings in Play

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Finnian (4 years, 3 months) was rolling marbles down a slope with friends He chose to keep a score for the two teams, using tallies and circles to enclose each team’s score. Counting both team’s score he decided to make them equal – then drew a horizontal line to show that (in his view) the teams had tied.

Baylee (5 years, 0 months) decided to ask her friends their ages. The children in this class were 4 and 5 year olds. Baylee represented her findings using numerals and ticks. Three children mentioned that they had siblings (of 2 and 7 years). Finally she asked her teacher how old she was (35). 

Robbie (4 years 2 months) was playing cars outside with his friends. When several children had pretended to fill their vehicles with petrol, he wrote down how much each ‘customer’ had to pay, ticking them off as they pretended to do so. Francine (4 years, 5 months) was decided to write the ‘biggest numbers she knew. Fascinated by the quantity of zeros needed, she explained to friends nearby ‘you have to put 6 zeros!’ then read out the numbers she had written.

See Also: Lauren, Tim, William, Callum and Chloë

Taxonomy: Making meanings in pretence, imagination and role-play including drawing, maps and writing.
Also: Written number and quantities - Representing quantities that are not counted; Representing quantities that are counted

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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.

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