Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

Progressive Education in the Community and the Classroom

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Feb 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

At Shorecrest, progressive education is not kept behind classroom doors, but something that is shared with the greater community. One could see a prime example on Saturday, January 27, as the School hosted the 3rd annual St. Pete STEAMfest. The outdoor, educational festival is centered on the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Over 1,000 students and families from all over the Tampa Bay Area experienced more than 40 exhibits and activities at the free admission event. There were robotics demonstrations, arts and crafts, design activities and engineering challenges. Local research and educational centers including Busch Gardens, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), Great Explorations, iD Tech, and Mathnasium hosted exhibits.

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Topics: Preschool, Faculty Voices, Current Events, Elementary Education, Arts in Schools, traditions, st petersburg, STEAM, innovation in schools

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