Week of May 27

This was the last week of the 2015-2016 school year for the students and teachers of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, and it was a busy one! We believe that it is important to keep the learning momentum going, celebrate the year and give the children closure, so the activities of the last weeks have done all of these! The Junior Kindergartners shared representations of their learning from their Ocean project with their parents at their culmination event. The representations ranged from dioramas that illustrated life in the layers of the ocean to paper maché  and plastic bag and tape models to paintings, books, and clay sculptures, all representing the wide variety of aspects of the projects that were of most interest or meaningful to each child. The display was impressive, but not as much as the children’s oral presentations that went with them. Parents circulated through the classroom, learning from… [Read more]

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]