Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

Supporting Emotional Learning through Communication

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Feb 26, 2018 1:13:52 PM

Shorecrest is committed to supporting good communication habits among students and their families beginning in the Experiential School and continuing past graduation. As Headmaster Mike Murphy writes, “The importance of teachers, coaches, and parents having close, positive, and trustful relationships with students and teens cannot be over-emphasized.

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development, Inside Shorecrest, Preschool

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: STEAM, Arts in Schools, traditions, Current Events, st petersburg, Elementary Education, Preschool, innovation in schools, Student and Faculty Perspectives

The Importance of Outdoor Play

Posted by Betty Gootson on May 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A few weeks ago, Shorecrest proudly announced that The Experiential School of Tampa Bay has achieved recognition as a certified outdoor classroom by Nature Explore, one of only 13 such schools in the state of Florida. Attaining this certification was the result of two years of work by the faculty. These efforts were undertaken because we recognize the benefits to our students of having a quality outdoor environment in which to play and explore.

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Topics: Preschool

Developing Confidence and a Growth Mindset

Posted by Betty Gootson on Apr 26, 2017 11:33:53 AM

Children’s social and emotional development and well-being are key to their personal, academic and future success. To develop positive self-esteem, children should be given and be expected to do things that are challenging but within their reach. When children are unwilling to do tasks of which they are capable and are rescued or excused from doing them, they get one of two messages:

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Topics: Parenting, Preschool

Summer Camp + Free Time Balance for Young Children

Posted by Betty Gootson on Mar 29, 2017 10:55:55 AM

With spring in full swing, many parents are now in the process of making summer plans and arrangements for their children. My favorite word regarding most things is “balance,” and children’s summers are no exceptions. 

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Topics: Parenting, Preschool, Summer