Perspectives from the Field

Our weekly blog posts feature an inclusive collection of thoughts, experiences and reflections from diverse early childhood professionals living in Oregon. Tune-in every Tuesday to hear from varying perspectives on topics such as inclusion, nature education, parent communication, social-emotional development, and anti-bias curriculum.  Join in on the conversation by commenting on posts and sharing with friends, families, and coworkers! 

Good Mad Choices

by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. Aka Grandma Boom

“What do you do when you are mad?” I asked a group of kindergarten children. A blonde headed boy raised his hand quickly, leaning forward to catch my attention. I asked him to share. What he said brought sadness...

ENCOURAGING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE WITH WHOLE BODY LEARNING

by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. Aka Grandma Boom

She looked up with distraught eyes, murmuring, “I don't know how to color my bad thoughts. I can't do it.” She felt discouraged and was stuck.

I got on my knees at her leve...

October 14, 2019

Digital Landscapes: “We’re Building a World”

by Stephen Karmol

Of the many things I deeply admire about the philosophy and practice of educators in Reggio Emilia, I have always been inspired by their fearlessness. This is a fearlessness born of many things; at its heart,...

September 18, 2019

Simple Ways to Create Classroom Community with Nature

by Nicole Fravel

As preschool teachers, we know the importance of creating a supportive classroom community. A strong community feeling supports the social and emotional work of preschool – learning to work and play a...

3D LEARNING ART with LYING

by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. Aka Grandma Boom

His 4 year old reaction was priceless when I asked him if he knew where he felt the tension of lying after I handed him a 3D version of what a lie looks and feels like. It is created from aluminum foil...

CHAOS PRACTICE WITH CALM CENTERING

Janai 'Grandma Boom' Mestrovich, M.S.

 Could you keep your calm if this chaos was happening around you? The calm center fairy knows that children need to have the experience of chaos and stress all around them while they focus on their...