I had never thought about outdoor learning as a medium for supporting literacy learning until I met an expert from Scotland the other day on the plane.
Juliet Robertson described how universal elements of children’s play outside – adventures, making trails, small scene setting (creating little words), taking on fantasy roles) – were all things that helped children learn what stories mean and how stories are constructed. She described how Scottish schools are taking children to their nearest urban space and making letters with sticks and leaves – and the rich oral language that comes with it.
If you are interested, here are some idea.
- Literacy in the Woods at the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery
- Let’s Get Writing Outside
- 10 Outdoor Ways to Celebrate Books
Scotland has an national play strategy – what a wonderful idea.