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Elizabeth – 3 years 9 months
Elizabeth wrote symbols on paper: ‘I
can’t tell you what I’m drawing.
It’s a map. It’s a treasure map to
find treasure in the sand pit, but
not at nursery, at home in my sand
pit. Where I signed, that is the
buried treasure’ (pointing to an ‘x’
on the paper). ‘I can’t tell you
anything because it’s a secret!’
another sheet of paper Elizabeth
began to make similar symbols.
Pointing to them she explained,’
that says my name. That’s James’s
name and his second name and his
third name. James’s second name is
Thomas. My mummy had also got a
second name called Elizabeth. My
daddy also has a second name. I
think it’s Roy.’
examples many of Elizabeth’s graphic
symbols appeared letter- and
numeral-like, with the addition of
crosses. In the second example she
enclosed each symbol, and then drew
a box around all of them. According
to Machón this period of
experimentation and expansion of
graphic symbols ‘is undoubtedly
the most important in the entire
graphic development’ [emphasis
added], (2013: 95).
(2013) Children’s Drawings: The
Genesis and Nature of Graphic
Representation. Madrid: Fibulas
Making meaning in child-initiated
Gallery 7: The emergence of graphic symbols and
texts in pretend play
8: Children's graphic symbols and texts in
New Publications - 2015:
Carruthers, E. (2015).
Listening to children's mathematics in school. In Perry,
B., A. MacDonald and A. Gervasoni. Eds. Mathematics and
Transition to School: International Perspectives.
Sydney, Australia: Springer
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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