Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

“Mommy, Leave the Phone Down” - Review of The Big Disconnect

Posted by Dominique Craft on Apr 13, 2018 4:28:52 PM

 

Limiting screen time probably ranks near the top of most “Dreaded Parental Duties” lists. Finding the right balance between “I just need a few minutes of peace” and the endless playback loop of Netflix is never easy. In my house, our rule is no screens after school, since the Bubble Guppies join us for breakfast on many mornings. To tell the truth, I thought I was doing pretty well in the screen-limitation-parenting department, until the afternoon that my three year old tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Mommy, leave the phone down. Play with me.” Clearly, limiting my son’s screen time wasn’t enough. I also needed to check my own digital devices at the door. It was a hard thing to hear.

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Topics: Parenting, Technology, Social-Emotional Development, Indpendent Schools, reading, Book Review

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

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

Evolving Issues for Independent Schools

Posted by Mike Murphy on Dec 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Transgender students. Wage and hour laws. Uber. These topics were not in the syllabus of any classes I had in undergraduate and graduate course work. Administrators and teachers at independent schools must continue to stay abreast of current topics in education. These three were among those discussed at the recent FCIS conference for Florida private school leadership.

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Topics: Indpendent Schools