Category Archives: community

Tai Chi and Taekwondo: Soft and Hard Martial Arts at McGuffey

This year at McGuffey, our students have had the opportunity to study Tai Chi and Taekwondo. Both are martial arts; Tai Chi (a Chinese martial art) emphasizes softness, balance, and yielding, while Taekwondo (a Korean martial art) emphasizes hard strikes, … Continue reading

Posted in community, McGuffey, outside, physical education

Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Arts Exposition

Several students in the Upper Unit participated in Oxford’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Arts Exposition. They were challenged to create a visual or written piece of art based on either the inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. … Continue reading

Posted in art, community, language arts, peace, upper unit

Ice Skating!

Yesterday was our first day of ice skating! This is an opportunity for students big and small to spend some time on the ice, using a combination of strength and balance to keep themselves upright and moving. Beginners and experienced skaters … Continue reading

Posted in community, field trip, McGuffey, physical education

Music at the Farmer’s Market

On a beautiful, crisp Saturday this fall, our students had the opportunity to give a gift to Oxford by singing at the weekly Uptown Farmer’s Market. The students sang the songs they’ve been practicing and played instruments to accompany their music: recorders, … Continue reading

Posted in community, McGuffey, music, outside

Weekly Sharing in the Upper Unit

On Wednesdays, the Upper Elementary and Middle School students at McGuffey Montessori have a designated time when they share one of their interests with the rest of the class. Sharing is an important part of the week and an important … Continue reading

Posted in community, Middle School, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Secret Gardens and Public Gardens

The whole Upper Unit had a special opportunity to attend a performance of The Secret Garden at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park. This acclaimed musical won several Tony awards. Before our trip, we reviewed the book and its story, as … Continue reading

Posted in community, field trip, language arts, McGuffey, Middle School, music, science, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Sunday SOAR

Each time we run our SOAR program, we pick a weekend day to walk on Miami’s natural trails with our families. Students, parents, and friends joined us on Sunday afternoon to go for a three mile hike. Those who felt … Continue reading

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

Town Hall Meeting

A little over a week ago, we held our first Town Hall Meeting of the year. Each time we hold a Town Hall Meeting, we choose a topic for the entire school to think about and discuss. Last year’s topic … Continue reading

Posted in community, McGuffey, music, outside, peace

New beginnings!

For several years, McGuffey has worked with the Monarch Watch, a program that helps facilitate the preservation of the monarch butterfly migration by the governments and private citizens of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. McGuffey maintains several certified monarch … Continue reading

Posted in community, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, Primary, science, social studies, Upper Elementary

First Aid and CPR Training

Staff is grateful to Jenni and Amy from the Miami Valley YMCA for coming to McGuffey this week to help us renew our First Aid and CPR training. We are upgrading our first aid supplies and a few of us … Continue reading

Posted in community, McGuffey