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! 

Good Mad Choices

by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. Aka Grandma Boom

“What do you do when you are mad?” I asked a group of kindergarten children. A blonde headed boy raised his hand quickly, leaning forward to catch my attention. I asked him to share. What he said brought sadness...

ENCOURAGING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE WITH WHOLE BODY LEARNING

by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. Aka Grandma Boom

She looked up with distraught eyes, murmuring, “I don't know how to color my bad thoughts. I can't do it.” She felt discouraged and was stuck.

I got on my knees at her leve...

Good Choices FEEL Good

by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. Aka Grandma Boom

EMPOWERED SUPERKIDS to the Rescue! The little baby dinosaur was afraid to come out to play because she thought kids would make bad choices and make fun of her since she looked different from them. So all t...

3D LEARNING FOR FOCUS SKILLS

by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. aka Grandma Boom

According to PBS.org for parents, “Concentration is like a muscle that requires regular exercise to strengthen. Some kids are born “stronger” in this area than others, but all kids can learn strategi...

“Do you like trash thrown on you?” The 3 to 5 year olds responded a resounding “NO!!” I had just put some (clean) recycled items such as envelope pieces, aluminum foil, plastic on each of the 19 preschoolers. Next I laid down on the floor explaining I was pretending to...

A burst of sound from one foot popping a plastic packing bubble fills a gymnasium with a loud pop. Before cooperating and popping the packing bubbles together we have looked at the Cooperation poster that shows everyone focusing on the same thing. There is a feeling of...

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