Week of May 22

Dear Friends of The Experiential School, It is so hard to believe that there is only one week left in our school year and this is my next to last posting until late August! This week, the students in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay spent their time finishing up their last studies and revisiting some of their favorite activities. Take a look: Looking into the future It was Mrs. Carson’s class’ turn to visit Junior Kindergarten to experience their future learning environment. Exploring activities included experimentation with ramps and balls to make discoveries about slope and velocity; building with a variety of blocks and sea life, a science lab for color experiments, and creating octopuses from spaghetti and hot dogs for snack. We really loved watching the JK students serving as guides and play partners to the younger students. They took their responsibilities very seriously, and truly made their little… [Read more]

Week of May 15

Down to the last minute, the discovery, exploration and inquiry will not stop in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay! Continue to follow our adventures for the next two weeks until we close for the summer. Under the sea Our last big study of the year is of the sea and sea life. The students in Alpha are enjoying learning about the sea through their socio-dramatic and manipulative  play, literature and more.  The loft provides a place to imagine being under the sea with books and puppets. Puzzles offer opportunities for teamwork and conversation or the satisfaction of completing a task independently. And for Junior Kindergarten… It was off to the beach to collect and study specimens up close with the help of some friends from the doctoral and graduate programs at USF. Our Marine Biology specialists met us at Spa Beach with a giant seine net which provided a variety of… [Read more]

Week of May 8

Dear Friends, It was a week to be proud of our school community as Shorecrest raised over $116,000 for the American Cancer Society as a result of our tenth Relay For Life. From creating purple chains to adorn the field to team fund-raising efforts and cash donations to the fun side of the serious event, almost every member of our community was involved in some way. The morning’s opening ceremony started with the student body gathering on the field for a few words by the two seniors who chaired the entire event and concluded with the initial symbolic lap around the track led by our own Experiential School students hand-in-hand with members of the senior Class of 2015. I am so proud to be part of such  an awesome community! By the way, donations can be made until July – help us increase our total to $134,000. which will put Shorecrest at… [Read more]