CMNetwork E-bulletin: September 2011

    © Copyright M. Worthington & E. Carruthers 2012

Welcome to your CM Network E-bulletin

Welcome back (to teachers and practitioners in the UK) to the Autumn term! During the summer we are delighted that our three new publications were published (see below), and we hope you will find them of interest and support in your teaching. We have both managed to have holidays this summer (fitted in with our ongoing doctoral studies), and have enjoyed our travels to the USA and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hope your summer was good too! Maulfry, Editor.

Understanding Children’s Mathematical Graphics: Beginnings in Play

The example below is included in chapter 3 of our new book.

Max’s card-girl (reception)

Max cut two tiny rectangles of paper and joined them at the top so that he could open and shut them. Drawing a face on the uppermost piece he announced that his artefact was a ‘card-girl’.

Although we might regard this as either a ‘drawing’ or a ‘card’, this hybrid, multimodal artefact suggest it could be moved and played with as a prop in Max’s imaginative play, as a small puppet or person.

We all make meanings in multiple and complex ways and when considering young children’s meanings, it can be helpful to think beyond single definitions such as ‘drawing’, ‘writing’ or ‘models’.

Gallery 5: Beginnings in Play

Multimodal meaning making: combining paper model and drawing (with potential for movement and voice - as a puppet or toy)

New Members

From the north of England, welcome to Rebecca Holland from Cheshire and from New York, USA, welcome to Nicola Godwin.

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New! Worthington, M. (2011) 'Young Mathematicians: Global learners’ in E. Murphy (Ed.) Welcoming Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Classrooms. Bristol: Multi-lingual Matters. This chapter explores case studies from an international school in Zurich where teachers have enthusiastically introduced children’s mathematical graphics.


New! Carruthers, E. and Worthington, M. (2011) Developing Children's Mathematical Graphics: Supporting Early Mathematical Thinking. Maidenhead: Open University Press.This professional development pack provides courses and training materials for course providers in Local Authorities, Children’s Centres, nursery schools and Schools, and includes a copy of our recently published book.

New! Carruthers, E. and Worthington, M. (2011) Understanding Children's Mathematical Graphics: Beginnings in Play. Maidenhead: Open University Press. We are excited by the many examples and case studies from early years teachers and practitioners that we were able to include in this new publication. This reflects how those working with young children are embracing children’s mathematical graphics and developing graphicacy in their own ways.
New! Reinvesting in Arts Education. Interesting new report from the ‘President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ USA, on the importance of the arts and creativity, and their impact on all aspects of learning, including mathematics.

Courses and Conferences

Courses and Conferences: 2010-2011

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BBC Education News
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Independent Education News
Times Education Supplement (TES)


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