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! 

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.

Collect and E...

February 21, 2020

“Today we had a rainy day which means no outdoor exploration! What are your tried and true rainy day activities?”

“Weather says it’s supposed to rain the rest of the week! We can’t go outside. What are your suggestions?”

I am a member of a number of Facebook groups for p...

“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...

January 25, 2020

Currently, outdoor forest and nature preschools in the state of Oregon, like the Wildwood Nature School program that I operate, are unable to qualify for licensure. We operate our programs as “recorded half-day preschool” programs that are exempt from licensing as long...

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...

In 1971, architect Simon Nicholson wrote of the “theory of loose parts,” an approach to environmental design highlighting the critical role open-ended materials play in supporting children’s creativity, inventiveness, and self-directed learning through play. Combined w...

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