Category Archives: McGuffey

Middle School Chicago Trip: Day 2

Wednesday was our second full day in Chicago and we continued our explorations. On this day we focused on the center of the city. Our day began with a guided tour of the Art Institute of Chicago. The docents are … Continue reading

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Middle School Chicago Trip: Day One

Tuesday was the middle school’s first full day in Chicago and we saw a lot! We started on the South Side and ended in the North. Many miles were walked and they had many new experiences. We started the day … Continue reading

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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