Week of November 21

Dear Readers, It is always busy in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay. Holidays add to the fun but are not the centerpiece of our curriculum. Instead, some related activities are integrated in meaningful ways into our units of study and project work. In Alpha, our 3- & 4-year-old program, Thanksgiving is woven into their food study, which includes conversations and activities pertinent to healthy eating and where food comes from.  In Junior Kindergarten, our 4- & 5-year-old PreK program, the children learn about the Seminole Indians who inhabited Florida along with their Living Off the Land study. Thanksgiving also relates into our Responsive Classroom activities that build character and community as we learn to respect differences and find commonalities, such as what we are thankful for and participating in our food drive to help hungry children. With our experiential, exploratory and discovery approach to learning, literacy, math and science and social studies can be woven together… [Read more]

Community service and sharing with others

Community service teaches children an important aspect of sharing, that of sharing with those less fortunate than themselves. This is why we engage in service projects at school such as our Thanksgiving food drive, Holiday gift drive and Relay For Life. It is up to us, the adults in their lives, to instill in children respect for others and the importance of giving to others. I hope that you will choose not only to participate in providing happy holidays for these very needy children, but also that you will involve your children in the process. Please allow them to help to select and wrap the gifts. This will give the children a greater sense of what community service means and a feeling of worth than just delivering them to school. By allowing them to participate in these meaningful ways, you will be teaching them that the joy is truly in… [Read more]

Week of November 14

Pure Poetry One of our favorite event of the year is Poetry in the Park and this week’s event definitely lived up to its rich tradition. Poetry in the Park is aptly named as each class from our youngest three-year-olds to our fourth graders learns a poem to recite from the stage set up in the Lower School Quad for the occasion. All of The Experiential and Lower School’s students and faculty as well as many of their family members gathered on blankets and chairs to acknowledge the oratory efforts of each class. It was a beautiful morning, not only in reference to the weather but also to see the students appreciate each other’s efforts. See our Alpha and Junior Kindergarten students in their shining moments! Poetry in the Park photos: Dalmatians in their lunch boxes Mrs. Jotch’s class poem was entitled, A Dalmatian in My Lunchbox. Look how delighted her students were, after Poetry in the Park, when they opened their… [Read more]