Category Archives: guest speakers

Primary studies South Africa

In Primary, we began our exploration of Africa, with our first country being South Africa. We discussed environment, climate, wildlife, music, art, currency, and traditions. We don’t delve into issues of apartheid at this age, but we do say that … Continue reading

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Spiders, crustaceans, worms, and more!

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 … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Children’s Choir

Last week, students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 had an opportunity to sing with a conductor from The Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Debra Shawver came and talked about the choir and gave the kids a taste of singing with this group … Continue reading

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Lower Elementary Learns About Hanukkah

Before leaving for winter break last month, students in Lower Elementary were given a presentation about Hanukkah from Ayelet Yariv, a frequent substitute teacher in our classrooms and an Extended Day staff member here at McGuffey. Ayelet, who is from … Continue reading

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A visit from Kevin Spencer

Recently we were visited by magician Kevin Spencer! Kevin travels throughout the country, teaching both children and adults. Through lessons in the art of illusion, students explore creativity, develop curiosity, and discover new confidence. With he help of several of … Continue reading

Posted in community, guest speakers, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, Primary, Upper Elementary

Steel Pan Music

Part of the Music program at McGuffey includes the study of instrument families in the orchestra. Grades 1-4 take a close look at percussion, string, brass, and woodwind families. To put a lovely end to their unit on percussion instruments, our … Continue reading

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Upper Unit’s Star Party

McGuffey’s Upper Unit welcomed Aaron Eiben of the Cincinnati Observatory last Thursday night for our Star Party. Aaron brought two large telescopes and star maps for everyone. He guided students and parents through viewing the moon, several planets, stars, star clusters, … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, Middle School, outside, science, Upper Elementary, upper unit

A Visiting Performance of Sleeping Beauty

Earlier this week, we were treated to a performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Windy City Players. This Chicago-based touring group has come to us several times and is a wonderful addition to McGuffey’s Theater program. Our students were not only … Continue reading

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Learning Yoga at McGuffey

McGuffey students have begun yoga practice with the help of yoga instructor Jill Levenderis. Students in every classroom will be enjoying four weeks of yoga instruction, which will give them a basic foundation in yoga and knowledge of several basic poses. Yoga … Continue reading

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Antarctica guest speaker

Dr. Richard Lee visited Primary last week, and talked to us about his work in Antarctica at Palmer Station. He shared stories of the long journey, life in Antarctica, and the animals that live in the area. He also brought … Continue reading

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