Experiential School News

May 19, 2017

Posted by Betty Gootson on May 18, 2017 9:22:38 PM

What we did at the beach

In conjunction with their study of sea life, it was off to Spa Beach for the Junior Kindergartners. There they met four graduate students from USF who, using a giant seine net, helped the children collect sea life specimen. In addition to examining what they found, the children had a job to do - collecting seaweed that will be used to fertilize their garden beds over the summer. Additional fun included wading in the water, playing in the sand and picnicking on the beach. 

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Topics: Preschool

May 12, 2017

Posted by Betty Gootson on May 11, 2017 8:44:24 PM

Learning from the Eighth Graders

The most enthusiastic teachers are the best teachers! This was proven when the eighth graders took on the task of teaching the Junior Kindergartners about the plants and animals that live near the intercoastal waterway on the back of campus in the Native Classroom. Each JK student had their very own tour guide. The tour began with the eighth graders pointing out eagle and osprey nests, and sharing how to tell the difference between the two big birds. They used pictures to give the children a close up look at what they were seeing high in the sky.

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Topics: Preschool

May 5, 2017

Posted by Betty Gootson on May 5, 2017 11:00:20 AM

From metamorphosis to symmetry

The Alpha students watched as their caterpillar eggs hatched into larvae and became caterpillars. As they wait to observe the next step of metamorphosis in real life, the children are learning its sequence through the use of puzzles and other manipulatives. Learning about butterflies led to introducing the concept of symmetry. Creating symmetrical designs using paint and folded paper was magical, as was preparing a butterfly snack with symmetrical wings.

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Topics: Preschool

April 28, 2017

Posted by Betty Gootson on Apr 27, 2017 8:42:37 PM

Arts are an integral part of Shorecrest

The Experiential School students celebrated the arts last Friday with joy, imagination, creativity, song and family. The children in the Alpha classes enjoyed movement and improvisation with Wayne Berman and decorating treasure bags and tiny pots - complete with planted seeds - with our own Mrs. Debbie Becker and Mrs. Lori Bell.

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Topics: Preschool

April 21, 2017

Posted by Betty Gootson on Apr 20, 2017 8:19:39 PM

Students teaching students

Mrs. Carson’s Alpha class visited Mrs. O'Mullane's second grade class to learn about one of their favorite things on our beautiful earth, caterpillars! The second graders are raising Painted Lady butterflies and were happy and proud to share their knowledge with their younger schoolmates. It was so much fun to share the experience of watching the caterpillars and learning that they plan to share again throughout the metamorphosis process. 

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Topics: Preschool

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