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! 

Cabin fever grabbed the 3 yr. old boy relentlessly in the winter weather. Grumpiness took over until I offered him a big poster board on the floor and crayons-to-boot, suggesting he use his whole body to get all those tense feelings out.

He jumped into the activity like...

In 1971, architect Simon Nicholson wrote of the “theory of loose parts,” an approach to environmental design highlighting the critical role open-ended materials play in supporting children’s creativity, inventiveness, and self-directed learning through play. Combined w...

Her foster caretakers had a screaming match every day. The

5 year old normally became so upset and grumpy until she sang a song to herself. One day she used her imagination to see if the new song she learned in my class would actually work to calm her foster parents.

In...

December 16, 2019

Even the best quality programs can find themselves with unexpected openings – families move, your best referral source graduates, schedules change… The irony is that tons of families would love to send their child to your site if they only knew about you! So how do you...

December 11, 2019

Nature as Inspiration for Oral Storytelling with Preschoolers

by Nicole Fravel

When other preschool teachers and parents hear that I run a nature school, their first reaction is “how wonderful!” The second reaction is usually a set of questions about how we spend all of...

November 24, 2019

Nature as Inspiration for Oral Storytelling with Preschoolers

by Nicole Fravel

I’m a big fan of oral storytelling in early childhood. I enjoy retelling stories from memory and making up original stories based on real past events or pure fantasy, and I encourage the child...