Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

Learning About Knowledge in the Preschool Classroom

Posted by Betty Gootson on Oct 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The Experiential School of Tampa Bay addresses one of Shorecrest’s five Core Values and how it relates to young students.


While respect, responsibility and compassion typically appear on lists of Core Values, knowledge appears far less frequently. For Shorecrest, however, it could not be a more fitting inclusion, as it is our mission not only for our students to acquire knowledge in school but to develop a passion for learning. Knowledge includes facts, information and skills acquired and understood through experience and education. To pursue it, minds must be curious and questioning.

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Topics: Core Values

The Most Effective Motivation

Posted by Mike Murphy on Oct 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM
When students return to Shorecrest after the summer break, they have renewed motivation and drive. But just like New Year’s resolutions often fade before February, children tend to lose sight of those new-school-year goals without the proper support.
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Topics: Parenting

Why "How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?" Is the Wrong Question

Posted by Dominique Craft on Oct 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Proudly sporting their “I am a digital citizen” stickers, Shorecrest students gathered during this Digital Citizenship week to share ways to protect themselves and demonstrate Shorecrest values online. Daily, we send our students into the virtual world to conduct research, collaborate with peers across oceans, and take action to improve their communities. Students reinforce their math skills using engaging math games online. They build online Portfolios to demonstrate their learning. They create movies, websites, and other virtual products to share their knowledge. They challenge teachers to constantly evolve their practice to reflect the changing world.

In short, technology is transformative.

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Topics: Parenting, Technology, Preschool, Social-Emotional Development, Core Values

When Your Child is Being the Bully

Posted by Kate Fierce on Oct 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It’s the news that no parent wants to hear. Your child has been engaging in bullying behavior. It is difficult for any parent to accept that their loving child is being less than kind to others. It’s important to remember at times like these that children who demonstrate bullying behavior are not terrible people with uncertain futures. Rather they are children, growing and learning, who will occasionally make bad choices and face unpleasant consequences. Your reaction to the situation will, to great degree, help determine whether or not this becomes a learning experience that prompts behavior change.

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development

Learning Responsibility in the Preschool Classroom

Posted by Betty Gootson on Oct 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The Experiential School of Tampa Bay addresses one of Shorecrest’s five Core Values and how it relates to young students.


Responsibility is taking care of people and things, and doing what is right and needed. Being truly responsible is more than just completing a task correctly, it’s about the attitude when taking action and the feeling of satisfaction when doing it well.

The first step in teaching children to be responsible is in modeling it ourselves. They need to see us fulfilling our responsibilities and doing so in a positive manner. To teach them this desirable trait, we need to find balance in the appropriate amount of reminders and assistance to help them learn and feel the satisfaction of being responsible and the confidence of capability. Taking care of their own things and helping within their family and/or school community and environment should be expectations for which children should be held accountable and and recognized. Recognition for fulfilling responsibilities, however means acknowledgment and praise for efforts made, rather than rewards, lest rewards become the sole reason for efforts.

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Topics: Preschool, Core Values