Week of October 31

All about chickens The Davis family keep several chickens in their yard, and Mrs. Davis and her third grade son brought two of them and some of their eggs to Alpha this week in conjunction with the farm food study.  The students were fascinated by the feathery friends and listened attentively as Mrs. Davis shared information about them. They found out that chickens need to eat shells and stones that stay in their gizzards to help them grind their food, and that they love cracked corn as a treat but mostly eat bugs and worms. The boys and girls were excited to find out that chickens, like their hermit crabs molt! Thanks so much to the Davises for sharing their expertise and pets with us! A guardian for the garden Now that the rain finally stopped for awhile and they are no longer saturated, our gardens are starting to flourish, so the children decided that their plants… [Read more]

Week of October 24

Sixth graders help in Experiential School Each day, several sixth graders give up lunch with their friends to spend time helping our Experiential School students transition from lunch to rest time. The older students build, do puzzles with and read to the younger students. There are so many Middle Schoolers who want to be involved that each Alpha and JK class has  one or two students to help every day! A Visit to Animal Medical Hospital We so appreciate it when members of the community step up to give our students relevant experiences that extend their classroom and discovery learning. Last week, all three JK classes were invited by Dr. Doley, a Shorecrest parent who happens to be a veterinarian, to visit the Animal Medical Hospital  in St. Petersburg. The students loved seeing the x-rays, meeting the clinic tortoise, dog and cat. It was especially exciting to listen to and compare the difference between the… [Read more]

Week of October 17

Music is Magic Listening and responding to music is an important part of music classes in The Experiential School. This week, JK students learned that composers typically write one of three types of music: music that tells a story, music that paints a picture, or “pure” music. Students spent time listening to “The Enchanted Garden” by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), which paints a picture in the listener’s mind of a magical garden in early morning. Then, in a visual art and music integration activity, they took crayon to paper as they were listening to the piece, and used critical thinking skills to reflect and interpret what they heard by creating their very own picture of an enchanted garden. The end results were, indeed, magical, as the children held up and expressed excitement and appreciation for everyone’s musical piece of art. A Visit with Dr. Levitt It was off to the dentist for… [Read more]