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! 

May 27, 2020

Two months ago, Wildwood Nature School, like many other schools and childcare facilities, temporarily shut its doors to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Not wanting to lose the connection I had with the children in our program and then connection they had with...

The preschoolers partnered up and gave each other a sticker saying “Great job” plus a yellow sparkling butterfly. They looked each other in the eyes. Smiles were rampant and irresistible. When asked how they felt being praised, they shouted, “good” as one boy overpower...

April 23, 2020

April is Earth Month, which makes it the perfect time to teach preschoolers the “Three R’s” of eliminating waste: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. These picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, show children that caring for planet earth is fun and rewarding as well as ne...

“She's a burrito” children called out with their wide eyes and big smiles. It was essential I clear the deck from burrito land and declare my potato essence! I always wear a costume and this one was designed to grab attention for a lesson on quality listening. My potat...

I CAN FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME...YES!… I CAN FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME! SUPERKID POWER!” The children drummed and sang to this tune with great exuberance. It was a reinforcement activity after practicing the act of focusing on one thing at a time WITH DISTRACTI...