Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

They’re Not “Just” Playing: Review of Hascom’s Balanced and Barefoot

Posted by Dominique Craft on Aug 29, 2017 11:31:11 AM

We’ve all heard the joke of the crotchety grandfather opining on his childhood: “When I was your age, I had to walk ten miles to school through the snow - and it was uphill both ways!” While the humor lies in the obvious exaggeration, this tongue-in-cheek statement also suggests its inverse: Our children generally ride to school in a climate-controlled vehicle with the windows rolled up. Indeed, much of their lives are lived indoors, or in a sanitized version of the outdoors, free of perils and bugs and other discomforts (as much as we adults can help it).

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Topics: Education Best Practice, Elementary Education, Indpendent Schools, Book Review

A Snapshot of Shorecrest Lower School

Posted by Lisa Bianco on Apr 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Project-based learning. In-depth investigations. Student-centered curriculum. Terms like these describe the kind of learning that happens in the kindergarten through fourth grade Shorecrest Lower School, but what does that look like in action? Read on for a snapshot of all that goes on in just one week at Shorecrest.

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Topics: Inside Shorecrest, Education Best Practice, Elementary Education, Field Trips

Why We Go: Experiential Learning Off Campus

Posted by Dominique Craft on Mar 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Close your eyes with me for a moment and think back to your elementary school days. Feel the bubbling excitement that welled up as you arrived at school, brown paper lunch sack in hand, school bus idling in the parking lot. Today, you are leaving your pencils in your desk. It’s field trip day.

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Topics: Elementary Education, Indpendent Schools, Field Trips

Maintaining the Dignity of the Child

Posted by Lisa Bianco on Jan 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Our collective belief that the social curriculum is just as important as the academic curriculum led The Experiential and Lower Schools at Shorecrest to embrace Responsive Classroom Approach.

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Topics: Inside Shorecrest, Preschool, Elementary Education

A Window Into Morning Meeting

Posted by Dominique Craft on Sep 9, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Holden and Faylynn turn to face each other, sitting knee to knee. The rest of their classmates watch from their places in the circle. They touch their right thumbs together, wiggling their fingers like the wings of a butterfly. As they “fly” their butterfly in a circle, they greet each other. “Good morning, Holden!” “Good morning, Faylynn!”

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Topics: Elementary Education