Category Archives: McGuffey

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

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

Click for McGuffey When You Shop on Amazon.com

As you do your holiday shopping, please remember to use the McGuffey Amazon.com link. Simply start your session by clicking the Amazon logo in the upper right-hand corner of any page on the McGuffey website. This will take you straight … Continue reading

Posted in announcements, fundraising, McGuffey

Vertebrates and Invertebrates

The Primary began a year of animal studies by talking about vertebrates and invertebrates. We began our discussion by reviewing the science topic from last week: Alive and Not Alive. We then learned that vertebrates have backbones that support their … Continue reading

Posted in McGuffey, Primary, science

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

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

Daily Practice

Today, Kindergarteners worked on Daily Practice for the first time. Daily Practice is a time-honored tradition at McGuffey, started by our founder, Janet Kretschmer. It is exactly as it sounds, things that should be practiced daily until proficient. Some tasks … Continue reading

Posted in McGuffey, Primary

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

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, practical life

Monarchs

This week, Primary started the year’s study of Science with the monarch. Monarchs in the US and Canada migrate to Mexico or California every winter (which fits nicely into our study of North America), and a wealth of resources is … Continue reading

Posted in McGuffey, outside, Primary, science

The Upper Unit Breaks Out

Upper Unit students started the new school year with a teambuilding exercise. They worked together to solve a series of puzzles and open a set of locks in a limited amount of time. This “breakout box” provides an immersive experience … Continue reading

Posted in McGuffey, Middle School, Uncategorized, Upper Elementary

Preschool Playground begins Monday!

Our summer Preschool Playground program begins on Monday, June 4th, at 10am! This program is for children aged six and under. Please check here for more information.

Posted in announcements, community, McGuffey, Primary