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! 

June 12, 2018

While Wildwood Nature School is a nature-based program, we also make full use of 21st century technology. Young children are aware of and extremely excited by all of the amazing things technology can do. They see their parents on phones and computers all day long and a...

April 10, 2018

Many years ago I attended a workshop with Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods.” He suggested that a starting place for getting children more in touch with nature is to bring a little nature into the classroom. Easily available and inexpensive natural mater...

March 13, 2018

One of the best ways to warm up in the winter is a long walk in the woods. While there are less colors in the winter, the lack of leaves and often muddy ground offer exciting opportunities for exploration that are not possible after spring foliage hides portions of the...

February 13, 2018

On the NAEYC forums and on a private Facebook group for preschool directors that I belong to, there have been a lot of discussions about taking children outside in cold weather. Teachers are wondering whether or not children should spend time outside when the temperatu...

December 12, 2017

When I switched from a traditional school setting to a nature school, one important question I needed to answer was “How are the children going to spend their time outside, and how will I make it meaningful?” One of the most successful activities our class does on a re...

November 14, 2017

A little over seven years ago, I opened a nature based preschool in Portland, where children spend half of every day outside, learning from the natural world. While I enjoy a good, long hike, I am not the rugged outdoor type. I have a general dislike of cold and rain....

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