Category Archives: Lower 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

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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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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

Self-Portraits with Partners

Last week Lower Elementary students met with their Middle School partners, and together, they completed Lower Elementary’s monthly self-portraits. Lower Elementary students drew themselves as usual, and then their Middle School partners added themselves into the pictures, too! Not only … Continue reading

Posted in art, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, partners

Goings-on in Music

Students are getting to know the music in “Singin’ in the Rain” and learning how to read a score, highlighting their singing parts along the way. And while music rehearsals for “Singin’ in the Rain” are in full swing, we’ve been keeping … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, music

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