Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

Why "How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?" Is the Wrong Question

Posted by Dominique Craft on Oct 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Proudly sporting their “I am a digital citizen” stickers, Shorecrest students gathered during this Digital Citizenship week to share ways to protect themselves and demonstrate Shorecrest values online. Daily, we send our students into the virtual world to conduct research, collaborate with peers across oceans, and take action to improve their communities. Students reinforce their math skills using engaging math games online. They build online Portfolios to demonstrate their learning. They create movies, websites, and other virtual products to share their knowledge. They challenge teachers to constantly evolve their practice to reflect the changing world.

In short, technology is transformative.

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Topics: Technology, Social-Emotional Development, Parenting, Preschool, Core Values

When Your Child is Being the Bully

Posted by Kate Fierce on Oct 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It’s the news that no parent wants to hear. Your child has been engaging in bullying behavior. It is difficult for any parent to accept that their loving child is being less than kind to others. It’s important to remember at times like these that children who demonstrate bullying behavior are not terrible people with uncertain futures. Rather they are children, growing and learning, who will occasionally make bad choices and face unpleasant consequences. Your reaction to the situation will, to great degree, help determine whether or not this becomes a learning experience that prompts behavior change.

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development

Empowering Bystanders

Posted by Kate Fierce on Oct 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When bullying occurs, the whole community is affected. Clearly, those who are bullied can experience negative consequences, but we often overlook the damage bullying inflicts on those who observe it. Encouraging those bystanders to take a stand is important for two key reasons.

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development

Keeping Kids S.A.F.E. from Bullying

Posted by Kate Fierce on Oct 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If your child is being bullied, or is confronting social cruelty, it can be difficult to know what to do and what to say. Shorecrest, as I assume most schools do, strongly encourages parents to inform school staff whenever bullying is suspected. However, even after sharing information with the school, many parents feel at a loss as to how to support their child at home.  

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development

What is Bullying, Really?

Posted by Kate Fierce on Sep 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

What is bullying, really? It’s become a buzzword in the media and in playground talk but many of us, parents and educators, don’t have a solid understanding of the formal definition of the word. According to Dan Olweus, who is one of the foremost researchers and writers in the field, bullying is defined as: “[when a person] is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.”

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development