Spiders, crustaceans, worms, and more!

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In Primary, we have been exploring animals that don’t have backbones, but aren’t insects. Animals as diverse as jellyfish, coral, sponges, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, mites, ticks, spiders, starfish, worms, centipedes, snails, slugs and millipedes are also invertebrates. They’re having fun exploring this diversity!

They also spent time discussing the difference between insects and spiders. Kindergarteners built models of each, which provided concrete examples of differentiation.

They also had a visit from two giant African millipedes, that are owned by a Lower Elementary student. These large arthropods look a bit intimidating, but are in fact gentle, slow-moving creatures that don’t bite. They are almost a foot long and enjoy eating cucumbers and strawberries. Students have loved watching them throughout the day.

Posted in guest speakers, McGuffey, Primary, science

Pokémon Club Meets Tomorrow at Lane Library

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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.

Posted in announcements

Goings-on in Music

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Students are getting to know the music in “Singin’ in the Rain” and learning how to read a score, highlighting their singing parts along the way. And while music rehearsals for “Singin’ in the Rain” are in full swing, we’ve been keeping busy in other ways as well. Learning parts in a musical is challenging so we’ve made time to play our beloved instruments as well as time to move and dance to let off steam and relax.

Our performances of “Singin’ in the Rain” will be on May 4 and 5 at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, music

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day with Partners

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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!

Posted in McGuffey, partners, Primary, Upper Elementary

Learning About Stories in Lower Elementary

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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.

Posted in language arts, Lower Elementary

Groundhog Day

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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!

Posted in Primary

Having Fun Learning Taekwondo

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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.

Posted in Lower Elementary, Middle School, physical education, Primary, Upper Elementary

Color Party

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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.

Posted in art, Lower Elementary, McGuffey

Playing Math Games in Upper Elementary

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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.

Posted in math, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Sewing in Lower Elementary

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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.

Posted in Lower Elementary, practical life