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! 

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...

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...

May 27, 2020

Two months ago, Wildwood Nature School, like many other schools and childcare facilities, temporarily shut its doors to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Not wanting to lose the connection I had with the children in our program and then connection they had with...

April 23, 2020

April is Earth Month, which makes it the perfect time to teach preschoolers the “Three R’s” of eliminating waste: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. These picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, show children that caring for planet earth is fun and rewarding as well as ne...

March 13, 2020

March in Portland, Oregon means unpredictable weather. Snow, hail, sleet, rain, balmy sunshine are all possible. At Wildwood Nature School, we head outside no matter the weather. In fact, spring rain provides an abundance of science learning opportunities.

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