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! 

August 29, 2020

Oregon’s Early Learning Division and the federal CDC both encourage childcare facilities to spend as much time outside as possible, leaving many preschools wondering how to make the transition. The truth is that transitioning from an indoor program to an outdoor one is...

“Kara got to get a new dress and it's the one I wanted. It's not fair.”

While competition may bring out strong efforts in sports to do one's best,

comparisons and competition in everyday life can bring misery to children...

and adults who have not curbed the appetite for...

July 27, 2020

I was lucky enough to be a somewhat “free range child” of the late seventies/early eighties. My parents’ house bordered a state protected forest and I hold fond memories of summers filled with outdoor play – riding bikes, splashing in the creek, building forts in the f...

The preschooler got on all fours and was communicating as a dog. I got on all of my fours and communicated right back. The canine conversation lasted a couple moments until she jumped up and flailed her hands saying the wind was making her dance like the wind. I follow...

It had to be a fun attention grabber in order for the preK children to grasp the meaning of setting a goal. After all, it is not a concept that is normally taught to preschoolers. It had to be an irresistible image …..something that would be an unforgettable. So I deci...

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...

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