Week of May 27

This was the last week of the 2015-2016 school year for the students and teachers of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, and it was a busy one! We believe that it is important to keep the learning momentum going, celebrate the year and give the children closure, so the activities of the last weeks have done all of these! The Junior Kindergartners shared representations of their learning from their Ocean project with their parents at their culmination event. The representations ranged from dioramas that illustrated life in the layers of the ocean to paper maché  and plastic bag and tape models to paintings, books, and clay sculptures, all representing the wide variety of aspects of the projects that were of most interest or meaningful to each child. The display was impressive, but not as much as the children’s oral presentations that went with them. Parents circulated through the classroom, learning from… [Read more]

Week of September 4

Fun in our Outdoor Classroom It was a busy Florida summer at The Experiential School even though we were closed during those months! Mrs. Jotch, with the help of some of our other committed Shorecrest Preparatory School teachers and supportive maintenance department, enhanced our playground and decks to truly become an outdoor classroom. Next to the sandbox, removal of a storage box created a construction site that has quickly become a favorite spot. The nature art table  and shelves provide hours of creativity as the girls and boys arrange and rearrange the natural materials into endless designs. It is amazing to see the collaboration and appreciation of others’ efforts that are already taking place. Of course, we couldn’t forgot how important music is, so Mrs. Jotch created a music wall where, since it’s outdoors, the children can “play their instruments” as loudly as they want. They were also excited to get a sneak peek at the standing chime… [Read more]

Back to School 2015!

What an amazing first half week in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay! The preschoolers were all smiles as they began exploring the many areas – and animals – in the classrooms. They are making new friends and reconnecting with old ones, discovering many facts about their classroom pets and learning many new routines. The 4-5 year olds in Junior Kindergarten spent their first few days getting to know one another, learning each other’s names, talking about measurements and helping their teachers weigh and measure each classmate. “I’m 42 inches tall but Mr. Hedgehog is only 6 inches tall!” They really enjoyed measuring different items found around the classroom and began discussing which object was the tallest. More photos from JK this week. Mrs. Carson and Ms. Wiltshire’s “Tiny Seeds” planted Forget-me-not seeds on the first day in their 3-4 year old Alpha classroom. The Tiny Seeds were delighted to help mix a batch of… [Read more]