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! 

January 8, 2019

In over a year of monthly blog posts about bringing nature to preschoolers, we have yet to discuss animals. Whether they are classroom pets or encountered in the wild, animals bring a new, welcome layer to children’s education. In their World of Wonder conference works...

December 10, 2018

Nature schools in the United States tend to be filled with white, upper class kids who will eventually matriculate to mainstream kindergartens. Due to various costs and issues of predictability, challenging the status quo is difficult. While Wildwood Nature School is g...

November 13, 2018

Melting ice caps. Sick and dying polar bears. Disappearing water supplies. Increasingly frequent and uncontrollable wildfires. Climate change can be overwhelming for adults, and it can be downright scary for kids. Preschools, particularly nature-based ones, have a resp...

September 11, 2018

In August, I had the privilege of attending the World of Wonder Conference, a gathering of nature-based early childhood educators from around the world. I presented a workshop on sit spots and attended ones on classroom animals, working with toddlers in nature, how nat...

August 13, 2018

For teachers and schools just dipping their feet into nature programming, gardening can be the perfect first step. Gardening doesn’t take a lot of space or expertise, is easy to maintain and rewards children with flowers, fruits or vegetables they can call their own.

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July 9, 2018

At Wildwood Nature School, most of our outdoor time is spent in the forest, but we do have a backyard “playground.” When designing the outdoor playground or making additions to it, I strive to keep everything as natural as possible. The inclusion of plants, the incorpo...

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