Kindergartners Explore The Alphabet Outdoors


Learning letters, sounds and sight words is a fundamental part of school for all kindergartners and this year the youngest learners in the Massapequa School District are getting to do so outside.

Kindergartners in Kim Doherty’s class at Unqua Elementary School worked on their letters using small dry-erase boards.
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As part of the district’s reopening plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor lessons are strongly encouraged on nice days and kindergarten teachers have been taking advantage of the mostly sunny and warm weather throughout September and October. Not only do the students get a change of scenery, they also get some fresh air and movement as they travel from their classroom to an outdoor learning area.

Lockhart Elementary School kindergarten teacher Patricia Brackman had some help from Jack Slavinsky to identify words and phrases that start with the letter “T,” including teddy bear.
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Unqua Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kim Doherty said her students enjoy coming outside for Fundations, which is the early literacy program that the district uses. Each child brings a small dry-erase board and marker to practice writing lowercase and uppercase letters.

Stella Sollitto practiced writing lowercase “n” during a recent literacy lesson.
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Patricia Brackman, a kindergarten teacher at Lockhart Elementary School, uses the area adjacent to the playground for Fundations lessons. Her students bring out towels and find places to work on their letters and sounds while practicing social distancing. They help identify words that start with the letter of the day.

—Submitted by the Massapequa School District

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