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

Help Students Know When to Turn Off the Tech

Posted by Jonathan Davis on Mar 12, 2018 12:18:38 PM

Balancing the benefits of technology against its distractions, especially for middle school students, is an important topic for educators and parents alike. Recently I shared some tips on starting a conversation with your student about her use of technology. Remember, our Middle School students have a facility with the device that adults usually do not. However, there is a need for parents to monitor the way a student uses his or her device.

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Topics: Middle School, Parenting, Technology, Education Best Practice

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: Inside Shorecrest, Preschool, Social-Emotional Development

Parent or Friend?

Posted by Mike Murphy on Feb 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

At what point does the friendship a parent shares with an adult child supersede the requirements of good parenting?

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Topics: Parenting

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