Category Archives: Lower Elementary

Planting the Garden in Lower Elementary

  A handful of students in Lower Elementary planted their classroom’s gardens yesterday. This was part of a combined Science and Practical Life unit that has been ongoing for the past month, and has seen students selecting which seeds they … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, outside, practical life, science

Our Amazing Interns

We have been fortunate to have the help of two wonderful interns over the course of this semester at McGuffey. Alyssa Cook has been working in our Primary classroom, and Sarah Burke has been working in our Lower Elementary classroom. … Continue reading

Posted in community, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Primary

Learning About Balance in MindUP

  Students in Lower Elementary have a lesson in their MindUP curriculum every Wednesday in place of Specials (Art, Music, and PE). The MindUP curriculum teaches the latest scientific information about the brain to offer strategies for helping students to … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, science

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

International Kids’ Yoga Day

Oxford-area yoga instructor Jill Levendaris joined our Physical Education classes on Friday, April 7 so we could be among the more than 40,000 children to participate in the second International Kids’ Yoga Day. Jill guided the students through the poses that … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, physical education, 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

Lower Elementary Learns About the Movement of Earth

In Science, our Lower Elementary students have been studying the ways that earth (lowercase e) can be moved by natural phenomena. Recently they talked about how wind can move earth, and they also watched a Bill Nye video on how the earth’s … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, science

March Madness at McGuffey!

As the annual NCAA basketball tournament draws near, our McGuffey students took to the hardcourt. Over the next few weeks all classes will work on basketball fundamentals such as passing, dribbling, and shooting. After we have worked on these basic … Continue reading

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

Games in Lower Elementary

Students in Lower Elementary are allowed to play one game per day, at any time during their two work periods (morning and afternoon). The games that we put on the shelves for students to choose from are games that encourage … Continue reading

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