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! 

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...

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...

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...

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