Pokémon Trading Card Game Club meets tomorrow (Sunday) at the Oxford Lane Library from 1-3pm. Tomorrow’s meeting is scheduled to be held in the Havighurst meeting room (upstairs). Should we be moved to a different space, we will post a notice on the front door of the library.
You can always check this page on our website for Pokémon Club dates and times. Our next meeting after tomorrow is on March 5.
Our Upper Elementary students were able to spend some fun time with their Primary partners getting ready for Valentine’s Day. The students worked together to decorate their card bags with foam hearts, markers, and stickers.
Partner work is a special opportunity for our older students to spend time with their younger peers in order to model positive behavior, practice leadership, and remember how fun it was to be little.
We are always grateful for the time we get to spend with our partners!
Students in Lower Elementary have begun their semester-long study of Creative Writing by learning about the basic parts of a story: the beginning, the middle, and the end. Last week they completed an activity that allowed them to tell a three-part story like this in both pictures and words, and this week they have moved on to an activity that is both simpler and more challenging: telling a story in the form of a three-panel comic strip, making sure to still include a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Next week some students will advance to learning about the five elements of plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution) and produce five-panel comic strips that include each of these elements, while other students will transfer their knowledge of beginnings, middles, and ends into a Writer’s Workshop storybook of their own creation.
McGuffey Factoid: Upper Unit teacher, Mark, LOVES Groundhog Day.
Mark came to Primary on Groundhog Day last week to be their guest reader. He brought with him books about one of his very favorite holidays. His books explained this very silly holiday, and he even wore a groundhog hat that his sister knitted for him!
Oxford Martial Arts & Fitness welcomed our students back last Friday for our first Taekwondo lesson of the year. These lessons are part of our PE program, and they give our students the opportunity to run, jump, kick, and block with their instructors.
The lessons are tailored to each age group, with the older students working on blocks and escapes with a partner while the youngest students work on flexibility and strength with an emphasis on fun.
McGuffey students will be practicing Taekwondo for the rest of February. You can see more photos from Taekwondo on Lower Elementary’s blog.
Yesterday in Art, Ingrid hosted a “color party” for students in Lower Elementary. Grade 1 students study the color wheel every year, but this year our students in Grades 2 and 3 got involved and helped prepare for the party, making invitations and decorations ahead of time. Underneath the color-changing lightbulb, students examined various pieces of artwork, the color wheel itself, some handmade tissue paper decorations hanging from the ceiling, vintage Fisher-Price toys, and even some fresh strawberries and grapes. Afterwards, they got to eat their lunches underneath the color-changing lightbulb, too!
Thanks to Ingrid for organizing the color party, and to all of the students in Lower Elementary for coming together to help introduce our new Grade 1 students to the magic of the color wheel.
Math is fun! That’s what Upper Elementary students are learning as they work on their Mathematics skills using several games. These games work on drilling skills like multiplication and division while making the experience more enjoyable for the students.
Ask your child if they’ve had a chance to play Prime Climb yet… it’s a big hit in the classroom.
Students in Lower Elementary are in the midst of their second sewing project of the year with Ayelet. Last week, students made bookmarks out of felt and stitched a border onto them to practice stitching. This week, students are making small pillows stuffed with beans. There are heart-shaped patterns for them to use, and they are also free to design their own pattern if they would like. Ayelet provided the pillow pictured above as a sample for students as they are working.
This is part of our Practical Life curriculum, and students in Lower will be continuing with their sewing projects for the next few weeks.