The White Pony What Works! Conference: The White Pony -- Recent Posts Oct 25 2009 10:42PM Ellen Evans White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=26918 <table border="1" cellspacing="10" cellpadding="5" width="75%" align="center"> <caption><strong>We Love Playing with Words&mdash;Literacy at the White Pony</strong></caption> <tbody> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ccffff" bordercolor="#ffff66" colspan="2"> <p style="margin-left: 40px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS"><span style="font-size: small">Our passion for music, dance, drama, and art invites us down many creative paths that develop language and literacy. Over a hundred songs composed by teachers and program consultants specifically&nbsp; for our school contain a delicious vocabulary full of poetic images that stimulate a child's imagination and wealth of words. We sing songs and act them out as we do favorite books and plays written for the children. Our days are filled with stories created by authors, teachers, and the children themselves. Three of our preschool teachers are especially Sun, 25 Oct 2009 22:42:59 GMT 26918 Oct 24 2009 8:23PM Ellen Evans White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=26952 <table cellspacing="1" cellpadding="10" width="80%" align="center" border="15"> <caption><strong>Observing Children's Individual Growth and Development</strong></caption> <tbody> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffff66"> <p style="margin-left: 40px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS"><span style="font-size: small">We prefer the word &quot;observation&quot; to the term &quot;assessment.&quot;&nbsp; The latter can sometimes carry the connotation of looking for and finding deficiencies. While we certainly fully support early intervention at our school, we try to train ourselves to focus first and foremost on a child's strengths. This is an area of growth and learning for our staff.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS"><span style="font-size: small">Beginning with an observation seems to be the answer to so many questions in preschool teach Sat, 24 Oct 2009 20:23:14 GMT 26952 Oct 23 2009 7:40AM Ellen Evans White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=27005 <p><span id="1255976752581S" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span></p> <table cellspacing="5" cellpadding="10" width="75%" align="center" border="10"> <caption><strong>The Gifted Giver of Care</strong></caption> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center"><img height="101" width="200" alt="" src="" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#cc99cc"> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS">One can only assume that people who choose to work with young children do so because they love being with young children. Why else would anyone choose to work so hard except for the sake of love! We applaud the recognition of early childhood caregivers as professionals. However, we also feel a sense of caution about imposing too many academic requirements that make it difficult or impossible for those adults wh Fri, 23 Oct 2009 07:40:47 GMT 27005 Oct 24 2009 8:37PM Ellen Evans White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=27009 <table cellspacing="3" cellpadding="5" width="65%" align="center" border="1"> <caption><strong>The Preschool Resource Center: a Model for Sharing</strong></caption> <thead> <tr> <th scope="col" bgcolor="#ffcc99"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="224" width="300" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS">A selection of animal tails</span></span></strong></p> </th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS"><span style="font-size: medium">An important feature of the White Pony is our Preschool Resource Center. This is a library of shared materials. teacher-created theme boxes, books, musical instruments, CDs, puzzles, manipulatives, dress-up Sat, 24 Oct 2009 20:37:24 GMT 27009 Oct 24 2009 4:36PM Ellen Evans White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=27010 <table border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="90%" align="center"> <caption> <p><strong>The Preschool Leadership Team&mdash;Collaborative Processes </strong><br /> <strong>and Learning to Work Together</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </caption> <tbody> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffff99" colspan="2"> <p style="margin-left: 40px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-size: small"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS">We are experimenting with new forms of shared leadership at the White Pony. Each classroom is a &quot;team&quot; and each team has a &quot;team leader.&quot; The Preschool Leadership Team (PLT) is composed of the team leader from each room, the preschool director, and the principal. Other &quot;non-voting&quot; members are the registrar and a board member. Anyone is free to attend these meetings. Topics for discussion range from individual children's needs to curriculum, diaper Sat, 24 Oct 2009 16:36:59 GMT 27010 Oct 24 2009 8:38PM Ellen Evans White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=27022 <table cellspacing="1" cellpadding="10" width="75%" align="center" border="20"> <caption><strong>Fostering Collaboration and Dialogue Between <br /> Preschool Teachers and Elementary Teachers</strong></caption> <tbody> <tr> <td bordercolor="#ffff33" bgcolor="#66ff99" style="text-align: center"><img height="200" width="300" alt="" src="" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS"><span style="font-size: small">Our entire school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Because we have a continuous program from preschool through fifth grade, we chose to be accredited under a single umbrella rather than seek separate accreditation for individual programs. While many of the excellent standards developed by the agencies that accredit preschools are completely in harmony with our own, we want to e Sat, 24 Oct 2009 20:38:53 GMT 27022 Oct 20 2009 12:38PM Ellen Evans White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=27023 <table cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="95%" align="center" border="1"> <caption> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Longevity&mdash;Keeping Teachers Engaged and Growing</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </caption> <tbody> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ccff99" colspan="2"> <p style="margin-left: 40px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS"><span style="font-size: medium">Most teachers at the White Pony have worked together on an average of 15 to 20 years. Many of our younger staff members were students at our school who have returned to teach. Our pay scale for preschool is average. Our benefits are &quot;business standard.&quot; We provide health benefits, vacation and sick leave, and holiday pay and are open year-round so that those who need a yearly salary are able to work. Of course, this provides consistency for the children.&nbsp;Teachers are expected to work several days during the w Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:38:38 GMT 27023 Oct 25 2009 9:55PM Ellen Evans White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=27087 <table border="1" cellspacing="15" cellpadding="15" width="95%" align="center"> <caption> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>In the End&mdash;Love is All That Matters</strong></p> </caption> <tbody> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ff99cc"> <p style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS"><span style="font-size: medium">We live in a marvelous age where the beauty and the awesome potential of childhood and children are honored and supported. There are many creative research-based ideas about early childhood education.&nbsp;&nbsp;Sincere effort is being put into understanding how forces converge&nbsp;to shape the growth of young children, how to support individual growth, and how to prepare children for life. In the end, creating and sustaining an atmosphere of love seems to hold the most promise in the quest for quality care.&nbsp; Children learn best when they are free from fear, feel protected and loved, and when they are strengt Sun, 25 Oct 2009 21:55:10 GMT 27087 Oct 29 2009 12:34PM lkellerkenton White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=27583 <p>Thank you! It is wonderful to hear from someone who values a teacher/caregiver for their passion for working with young children, not just for their educational status.&nbsp; Having a degree in Child Development or Education is a wonderful thing, but if you don't <strong><em>love</em></strong> working with young children and their familes, then you need to find a different job.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Oct 2009 12:34:33 GMT 27583 Oct 30 2009 1:08PM Ellen Evans White Pony&dseq=2058&dtseq=4409&mkey=public371&cseq=371&blog=0&PAN=2&dtxtseq=27585 <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Thank you, Leslie!&nbsp; The staff&nbsp;of the early childhood education department at Diablo Valley College, our local community college, is an extraordinarily devoted, responsive&nbsp;and dedicated&nbsp;group. They provide a wonderful service by offering classes that inspire and train.&nbsp;We very much appreciate the work they do to help boost the confidence and skills of men and women who love working with young children and come to teaching as a second or third career, and who wish to receive &quot;the basics&quot; in child development.&nbsp; </font></p> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 13:08:29 GMT 27585