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 16, 2019

While I believe nature school experiences are important for all children, they are especially beneficial for children who fall outside the mainstream in terms of behavior, temperament or intellect. Dr. Leigh Ann Fish and Dr. Patti Ensel Bailie, from the University of M...

April 11, 2019

Last month’s nature blog introduced David Sobel’s 7 Styles of Nature Play and how they can be used as a framework for teachers and caregivers to enhance nature experiences with toddlers. The first article covered only three of Sobel’s 7 styles, Adventure, Fantasy and I...

March 11, 2019

Last month’s nature blog covered the benefits and risks associated with spending extended periods of time outside with toddlers. Once you have considered the “why” and “how” of engaging toddlers in nature play, it is time to consider the “what.” What activities should...

February 15, 2019

I started my teaching career in public school kindergarten and first grade classrooms. When one of the schools where I was working received a grant for an Even Start program and wanted to staff it with fully certified teachers, I made the move to preschool. After 4 or...

January 8, 2019

In over a year of monthly blog posts about bringing nature to preschoolers, we have yet to discuss animals. Whether they are classroom pets or encountered in the wild, animals bring a new, welcome layer to children’s education. In their World of Wonder conference works...

December 10, 2018

Nature schools in the United States tend to be filled with white, upper class kids who will eventually matriculate to mainstream kindergartens. Due to various costs and issues of predictability, challenging the status quo is difficult. While Wildwood Nature School is g...

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