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...

I CAN FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME...YES!… I CAN FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME! SUPERKID POWER!” The children drummed and sang to this tune with great exuberance. It was a reinforcement activity after practicing the act of focusing on one thing at a time WITH DISTRACTI...

“I love you, Grandma Boom!” The preK boy and I had direct eye contact. We also were connecting heart-to-heart with heart slinky toys to have a visual/tactile experience along with the warmth we felt in our hearts. This 3D approach made in-depth connecting with each oth...

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...

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...

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...

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