Week of May 20

As the days of this school year wind down, the children in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay keep on moving forward while enjoying exploring, discovery and creating. Last Friday, the Alpha students performed for and celebrated their parents and their year in Alpha at our annual Alpha Parent Day. The morning started with song where the children demonstrated their vocal talents. After enjoying cookies together, everyone moved to the classrooms where children and parents alike enjoyed a slide show of the year’s experiences and learning adventures. The final highlight of the morning was the presentation by the children to their parents of the “biographical” cards and wind chimes they had created for them. How proud everyone was – the parents, the children and their teachers! (video here) Find many more photos here thanks to Charger mom Leslie Mathews: It was a special treat for Mrs. Schaedel’s Alpha class when Mrs. Sabourault… [Read more]

Week of May 13

As the year progressed, so did the skills of our Experiential School students! With our project-based and integrated hands-on approach to learning, the children have developed curiosity, a love of learning and pride in their accomplishments. All of the fine motor activities have paid off as evidenced by the growth in the children’s ability to create detailed representational as well as creative and imaginative drawings. As Junior Kindergarten winds up its project based study of the depths and life in the ocean, they were visited by a representative from Sharks4Kids, a non-profit organization that strives to create shark advocates through education and outreach.  Michelle used video, photos and biofacts to teach the children about these fascinating creatures of the deep as well as why they are important to our ecosystem. Following her visit, the students created drawings of  and talked about their favorite sharks. The final stage of a project study for the preschoolers is creating… [Read more]

Week of May 6

So little time and so many things yet to experience! This week, it was off to Spa Beach for the Junior Kindergarten classes to do on-site fieldwork for their ocean projects. With the assistance of doctoral and graduate students from the Marine Biology program at USF, some specimen were collected using a seine net. The students also became quite adept at finding more sea life by searching through the seaweed along the shore and wading in the water. It was interesting that at the same beach, each class found different types of sea life on each visit.  Of course, all of the creatures, which included crabs, a flounder, jellyfish, a sea hare, a tiny sea horse and more, were safely released after observation and gentle examination. After a picnic lunch, it was back to school to document their adventures. It was a real adventure for the Alpha classes when they each took a turn… [Read more]