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! 

Young Children as Activists

by Stephen Karmol, Autumn Dobbins, Becky Burgess

From the foundational Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, early childhood anti-bias education (ABE) is built around four core go...

June 27, 2019

WHY RISK IS ESSENTIAL TO EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

by Nicole Fravel

The other day my teenage son suggested that he ride his bike from our house to the local elementary school. The school is only about two and a half miles from our house, but the route follows a winding co...

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...

May 28, 2019

As early childhood educators, one of our many great privileges is to witness, guide, and celebrate children’s early literacy development. From sharing in the blossoming of spoken language in infancy to documenting their first experiences making marks on paper as young...

“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...

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...