Category Archives: Lower Elementary

Wrapping Up Singin’ in the Rain

These final days of school see our Singin’ in the Rain musical being put to bed. Sets are put away, props have been cataloged, and costumes are being washed for storage until the next time this musical is performed. McGuffey students gave … Continue reading

Posted in drama, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, music

Lower Elementary Prepares Birdhouse Gourds

Students in Lower Elementary have been busy preparing birdhouse gourds for next year’s incoming Grade 1 students. This is a tradition that began last year in our classroom. All students participate in the process: planting birdhouse gourd seeds in the … Continue reading

Posted in art, community, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, practical life

Building a 3D Puzzle in Lower Elementary

Students in Lower Elementary almost always have a jigsaw puzzle available to be worked on in the “quiet zone” of their classroom. A time-timer on the table helps them ensure that they don’t spend more than 10 minutes working on … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary

Student-Led Physical Education

McGuffey Grade 7 student Lauren is sharing her talents in volleyball with our students. Lauren plays for Edgewood Middle School’s team and approached the PE teacher about teaching volleyball to our students. She was asked to prepare some drills and activities … Continue reading

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

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

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