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Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

 Issue 13 

AWAITING BLUE SKIES
As Portland begins to emerge from the smoky apocalypse of the Oregon Wildfires, today brought signs of hope amid the loss.
Through damage, displacement, and pain, take a moment to rejoice in a much longed-for playdate with our old friend—RAIN!
This week, while struggling to catch our collective breath from the respiratory complications of COVID-19 and the toll of systemic racism, our lives further grinded to a halt.
WILDFIRE 🔥 RESOURCES
During a period when uncertainty ranked "Beyond Index," we were forced to adjust thinking and show gratitude for air quality that was "Very Unhealthy" vs. "Hazardous."
And through it all, distance learning zoomed on.
This weekend (and beyond!), turn to PLAY to help children continue to practice being comfortable with the uncomfortable.
EXPAND YOUR MIND
“Play is the antidote to complacency.” —Aoife, Age 10
@HOME EXPERIENCE
In addition to challenges, uncertain times offer us a chance to let go of assumptions and see the world with new eyes.
Take a deep breath and try What Else Could It Be?a simple game that activates certainty and then playfully invites its disruption. Much like a wildfire! 
Let N Guide You:
• Draw a familiar shape, like a circle.
• Or hold up a familiar object, like a block.
• Ask, "What else could this be?"
GROW YOUR THINKING
DIG DEEPER
What did you notice or wonder?
What did you learn about imagination?
Did your thinking shift?
BOOKS: PORTABLE POSSIBILITY
"I want to know, what are all of the perspectives?" —Pascale, Age 9
OPEN A BOOK. OPEN YOUR MIND.
Children benefit from looking beyond the “right” answer. Peruse these perspective-changing page-turners for early learners:
Not a Box & Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
Fortunately by Remy Charlip
Plus, explore Resilience Reads.
READING TO REIMAGINE
"We don’t have to be scary when we’re scared. Let’s choose awkward, brave & kind. And let’s choose each other." —Brene Brown
GETTING STARTED
WEST COAST PANDEMIC EDITION

Susan Harris McKay, Pedagogical Director
Museum & Opal School
Explore Playfully may seem like a strange principle of Playful Inquiry to focus on this week.

But it's important to remember that PLAY can lead us forward and help find solutions. It’s hard to be scared when everyone else is scared, too.

In this week's blog post, play offers us an opportunity to look in places we have a habit of not looking—into the imagination, towards things we haven’t thought of yet—more alert, more attentive to what could be.

We can ask more of children who haven’t learned yet to forget how to do that. We can invite them to teach us to remember.
LET'S GET STARTED
CHILDREN COUNT!
Washington Park Closed Due to Wildfires: Portland Parks & Recreation parks and natural areas closed until 9/24. Check individual venues for closures. Oregon Zoo is OPEN!
2020 Census Shape your future: Children under 5 have historically been undercounted. This means funding to support families was lost, too. It's not too late. Take the Census!
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