Week of January 28

It was a cold (for Florida!) and wet week in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, but it was still full of exciting learning, discovery and extraordinary experiences. The Alpha students had an exciting trip to ta pediatric dental office to learn about the jobs of the people there to continue their study of people in the neighborhood. Drs. Sandy and Michael Worman (she attended Shorecrest AND is a Shorecrest parent) and their staff showed a video and demonstrated how to care for teeth, and allowed the children to explore the office and try out some of the equipment. By the time they returned to school, everyone agreed that there was nothing scary about going to the dentist! Thank you, Drs. Sandy and Mike! There was a new officer on campus this week! Officer Mike, our campus protection officer, brought K9 Officer Mike to visit and demonstrate his training. Though he follows commands… [Read more]

Week of January 22

Water wonder It was off to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve for the Junior Kindergartners this week for fieldwork about the water cycle. After spending some time in the outdoor nature classroom learning how to tell water turtles from those that live on land, the students traveled along the trail following the water from swamp to marsh to lake. Though the cold kept most of the animals from view, the children were able to spot some coots, moorhens and a magnificent anhinga drying its wings. Among the new vocabulary learned on the trip were the words hammock (the branches and leaves overhead that created out shade) and scag (those important dead trees that provide homes and food for lots of wildlife). Taking advantage of puddles Mrs. Craver’s students used the puddles left by the rain storm to learn about water, light and reflections. They discovered that the reflections were only visible when they stood… [Read more]

Week of January 15

Dear Readers, We believe in Service Learning, and this week were able to serve our own school community. The Experiential School students had such a successful kale crop that, even after donating 5 pounds of kale to the homeless shelter, there was plenty to share with our dining service. The JK classes took a trip up to the food preparation area in the Athletic Center to deliver and then watch our chefs use it to prepare smoothies for the Upper School students. Of course that was after taste testing by the gardeners! Building our community – Literally! As they learn about people in the neighborhood, the 3- and 4-year olds in our Alpha classes love taking on the roles of the people they are meeting and reading about during this project. This week, they were treated to a visit by Amanda, a friend of Ms. Rosoff’s, who works for the U.S. Postal Service…. [Read more]