Category Archives: language arts

A Visit From Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz, children’s book author, visited McGuffey’s Upper Unit last week. Gidwitz’s book, The Inquisitor’s Tale, is one of three Newbery Honor Books for 2017. McGuffey Middle School students read and studied the book with Quentin ahead of Gidwitz’s visit and prepared … Continue reading

Posted in community, guest speakers, language arts, McGuffey, upper unit

Read-a-Thon Wrap Up

Read-a-Thon has ended and the minutes have been tallied. The McGuffey Montessori School students met and shattered their goal of 1440 minutes (24 hours). The final number of minutes read was a staggering 16,371! That is over 11 days of … Continue reading

Posted in fundraising, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, Primary, Upper Elementary

The Read-a-Thon Rolls On!

The Read-a-Thon enters its second week today! Our students have been focusing on reading at school and home. Several of our students are challenging themselves to read 24 hours on their own! This is our academic fundraiser so we’d like … Continue reading

Posted in fundraising, guest speakers, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, partners, Primary, Upper Elementary

Read-a-Thon 2017 Begins

Our gnome-friend Reade visited all of our classrooms yesterday to kick off our annual Read-a-Thon fundraiser. The Read-a-Thon is a fundraiser for our school library and summer reading books. It works through sponsors; this year, sponsors will give money based on how … Continue reading

Posted in fundraising, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, partners

An Outdoor Work Period in Lower Elementary

We had such beautiful weather on our first day back from Spring Break that students in Lower Elementary spent their afternoon work period in their outdoor classroom. They could choose any indoor work and bring it out (the most popular choices … Continue reading

Posted in language arts, Lower Elementary, outside, sensorial

Working on Literature Journals in the Upper Unit

In the Upper Unit, students’ Literature Journals are a chance for them to have a dialogue with a teacher about texts they are currently reading. This work has multiple benefits: writing their thoughts helps students to crystallize them, and also helps to make invisible thinking … Continue reading

Posted in language arts, Middle School, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Grammar Sense in Lower Elementary

A number of students in Lower Elementary who have completed the first half of the Montessori Grammar Boxes, and who have learned about nouns, adjectives, articles, verbs, prepositions, and adverbs, recently learned how to play a game called Grammar Sense. … Continue reading

Posted in language arts, Lower Elementary

Learning About Stories in Lower Elementary

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 … Continue reading

Posted in language arts, Lower Elementary

Learning about the Great Pyramids of Egypt in the Upper Unit

The Upper Unit students are examining who built the pyramids in Egypt and putting all the skills they have learned this year to the test. They are looking through several documents, learning from primary sources, evaluating the evidence, corroborating the … Continue reading

Posted in language arts, social studies, upper unit

Games of The Gods

Project-based work is in full swing in the Upper Unit. The students are taking their knowledge of Greek mythology to create games inspired by the Greek gods, goddesses, and heroes. There are board games, card games, and computer games being … Continue reading

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