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]

Week of October 10

The Perfect Pets! The annual Junior Kindergarten Pet Show was a huge success in the eyes of the spectators, the parents and  especially the proud 4- and 5-year-old pet owners! Whether their pet was of the live or stuffed variety, each owners proudly walked across the platform to collect their award certificates and say a few words about their pet into the microphone. Over the last 6 weeks or so, the boys and girls in our preschool classes have become more and more comfortable speaking in front of each other in class, but this was their real public speaking debut! Their general consensus was, whether their animal had fins or fur, was real or pretend, each child’s pet, to him or her, was the best! Click here for pictures if you have trouble viewing the slideshow! Following the pet show, Exploring included conversation about our classroom pets and how to safely and courteously… [Read more]