Shorecrest Private School Blog

Packing Preschool Lunches

Posted by Betty Gootson on Aug 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Preschool students have a very busy day, and eating a well-balanced lunch is important. Parents whose young children may be picky eaters tend to be concerned that their child is eating enough. In trying to ensure that happens, they pack many choices, hoping the child will at least eat something. The reality is, when faced with too many items, children eat less - not more - because they are overwhelmed by choices. When multiple choices are treats or desserts, they may want to eat only those, and resist eating what we term their “growing” or healthy food.

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Topics: Parenting

What Did you Do in Preschool Today?

Posted by Betty Gootson on Aug 17, 2016 3:05:03 PM

The most frequent lament I hear from preschool parents at the beginning of the year is that their children aren’t giving them any information about their day.

To the question, “What did you do today?” they are likely to respond, “Nothing,” “I don’t remember,” or “I played.” 

Often children need to wind down before they are ready to share the details of their day. Therefore, go easy with questions as soon as you see them; scatter them through the time you spend together after school, at dinner and getting ready for bed. The type of question you ask will also make a difference in the amount and quality of information they share.

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Topics: Parenting, preschool

Teaching Children to Think: Building a Growth Mindset in Young Learners

Posted by Dominique Craft on Aug 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Thinking is hard.

That is to say: real, active thinking is hard. Solving a problem or investigating a complex issue is the kind of thinking that requires complete focus - the kind of thinking that makes your brain hurt the same way your muscles do in a strenuous physical task.

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Topics: Elementary Education

7 Ways to Make a Move Fun for Young Children

Posted by Kate Merritt on Jun 22, 2016 5:19:06 PM

When you think of summer, what do you envision? Long days by the pool? Family vacations? Summer camp? Backyard barbecues?

For many families around the country, summer means moving trucks. Each year, millions of people take advantage of the school break to move to a new place. As a military family, we're often a part of this yearly migration—we have moved with our young children three times in past five years! Whether you're moving down the street or to a new city, moving can cause anxiety for anyone, but it can be especially stressful for our children.  

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Topics: Summer, relocating

Top 10 Reasons for Families to Relocate to Tampa Bay

Posted by Raffi Darrow on May 18, 2016 4:17:51 PM

The Tampa Bay Area is one of Florida’s best kept secrets for families. There are so many great events and activities for parents and children throughout the entire year. When you call the Bay area home it’s hard to find a day when you can honestly say, ‘I’m bored’. We enjoy access to America’s best beaches, some of the most amazing aquariums, theme parks, zoos, and museums. The question isn’t ‘what should we do today?’ instead it’s ‘what should we do first?’ Here are our top 10 reasons to relocate to Tampa Bay:

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Topics: tampa bay, relocating