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! 

Starting out with a fun bang....We sang and danced the communication skills (pre-pandemic). After learning the tune and the steps that were fun to do and easy to remember. “ SOMETHING HAPPENS IN THE WORLD AROUND ME AND I THINK, I FEEL, I WANT, I ACT....”

First week:

This...

November 15, 2020

Lately, we have been focusing on developing fine motor skills in our nature school program. Fine motor skills encompass both small precision movements of the hand and the strength necessary to perform those tasks. Fine motor skills are important for self-help activitie...

“I heard you were a very fun teacher. My son is 7 and very depressed from the pandemic. I don't care if he learns any skills from you. I just want him to laugh and have a good time.” It was an email from a parent I received prior to my online class with Outschool.com o...

October 19, 2020

Like every other childcare program in the state of Oregon, our half-time indoors/half-time outdoors nature school temporarily closed in March due to COVID. When we reopened in June, we switched to an all outdoors all the time format as a safety precaution. Now that we...

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...

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