Week of May 29 + Back to School Info

As a teacher, time is measured in school years rather than calendar years, and I don’t know if it is a phenomenon of getting older or the pace of society, but every year seems to go faster. This year in The Experiential School has been no exception! Though it feels as if it has gone by in a flash, the passage of time is evident in the children who have touched my life this year. They each have grown physically, but that is slight compared to the leaps and bounds they’ve taken personally, socially, and emotionally as well as cognitively. They have been building a foundation along with the life skills and habits of mind that will serve them well in their academic, personal and professional futures, and they did so through discovery, experimentation and inquiry and a wide variety of experiences. My wish for them is that the enthusiasm they have developed for learning and their caring ways never waver, for in… [Read more]

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]