chapter  5
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What Children Know About the Relations Between Writing and Number Notation

A child's environment is rich with displays ofletters and numerals. These letters and numerals have multiple functions. Letters are usually used to form words in written messages, but they also may indicate order (e.g., in outlines) or location (e.g., on a compass). Numerals may serve an ordinal function, as in elevator buttons, or they may provide geographical information, as in zip codes. Their more obvious use is to indicate quantity. 00 very young children perceive the differences between letters and numbers? 00 they attribute letters and numbers similar or different functions?