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2020, oil pastel on cardboard, 60 x 60 cm
Drawings based on pre-reading activities: signs and symbols. As young children begin keying into symbols, they are making a huge conceptual leap; they’re learning that a “picture” can convey a message. They can decipher it on their own and put to use. With this dawning realization (I know what that says!), their interest grows. They begin the process of decoding. A symbol can tell them to stop or walk, for example, indicate what is behind a door, or show which activity is coming up next. The following anecdotes track practical, purposeful applications of this realization and children’s interactions with symbol-reading and sign-making in our preschool community.