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Linking Outdoor Learning to Literacy

 

Your outdoor area is a literacy-rich environment where children can experiment with language, letters, and words:

 

  • Play outdoor riddle games such as "I Spy with my little eye something that grows tall and rhymes with flea."
  • Use nature materials as props for group storytelling.
  • Read books about outdoor adventures and nature under the trees.
  • Practice letter writing with water and paintbrushes on the sidewalk.
  • Build an imaginary garden in the sandbox and tell a fascinating story about it.
  • Act out favorite storybooks on play equipment. The climber is perfect for the "monkey tree" in Caps for Sale. Try using the balance beam for "Three Billy Goats Gruff".
  • Take a letter walk to look for familiar letters on signs and walls.
  • Invite children to label the outside environment.
  • Listen to the sounds of nature and try to replicate them.
  • Write the longest word children can think of on the playground pavement.

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