Category Archives: Lower Elementary

Open Doors

At McGuffey, it’s important that students feel at home, not just in their own classroom, but throughout the campus. We do this in a variety of ways, including Partners, the Step-Up Program, and Open Doors. Open Doors occurs each month … Continue reading

Posted in community, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Primary

#Take3 for PE

The students of McGuffey Montessori found a way to combine being outdoors and active with doing something good for the community. Taking our inspiration from the Facebook group #Take3 Oxford our students set out to pick up trash in our … Continue reading

Posted in community, Lower Elementary, Middle School, outside, physical education, Upper Elementary

Sand Mandalas

Lower Elementary students met with their Middle School partners today to create sand mandalas. The partners first spent time researching images, and then created a mandala of their own. Because the sand is not secured in any way, they are … Continue reading

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Science and Social Studies in a mixed grade classroom

Since McGuffey has mixed-age classes, we often get asked how we teach subjects to a wide range of ages and abilities. In subjects such as language and math, children have an individualized curriculum. However, in science and social studies, we … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, science, social studies

Chinese Opera

McGuffey students recently attended a performance of Jing-Ju Opera presented by the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts. Jing-Ju Opera, combines music, singing, mime, dance, and acrobatics. Jing-Ju Opera costumes are graceful, with handcrafted embroidery. The makeup is rich in … Continue reading

Posted in drama, field trip, Lower Elementary, Middle School, social studies, Upper Elementary

Cincinnati Symphony

Lower Elementary recently spent the morning with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, attending a Young People’s Concert at Music Hall. These performances are geared toward elementary aged children, encouraging audience participation and appreciation. After the performance, we headed to nearby Washington … Continue reading

Posted in field trip, Lower Elementary, music

Sewing stuffed creatures

As part of our practical life curriculum, our Lower Elementary students are spending time each week learning to sew. Third graders have been working on designing and crafting their own stuffed animals and dolls. They put the final touches on … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, practical life

Planning their week

Although the first graders had work plans in Primary, they are getting used to how to manage their more complicated Lower Elementary work plan. When they received their first work plan, they were paired with an older who student who … Continue reading

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Composing

Second graders have been busy learning the pentatonic scale, both aural and written, and have been learning to sight-sing different patterns. A pentatonic scale is a scale with only 5 tones. The word “pentatonic” comes from the Greek “pente” meaning 5 and … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, music

Leaf piles to keep and share

Last week Lower Elementary gathered rakes and wheelbarrows so they could build leaf piles for jumping. Our big tree out front has finally dropped most of its leaves, so it’s the perfect place for raking. Half the class worked to … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, peace, practical life, Primary