Category Archives: outside

Fun in the Snow with Lower Elementary

The first significant snowfall of the season created lots of happy children school-wide. Students in Lower Elementary have spent the past two snowy mornings in their outdoor classroom constructing snowmen and giant snowballs, “decorating” their playhouse with snow, and sometimes … Continue reading

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Free Time at Glen Helen

The Upper Unit’s stay at Glen Helen isn’t always full of scheduled activities. There is still time to hang out at the dorm with classmates and have a little unstructured fun. Students have been playing card and board games, playing … Continue reading

Posted in field trip, Middle School, outside, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Daily Activities at Glen Helen

The Upper Unit students are enjoying the outdoors at Glen Helen this week, but what are they doing? They are hiking the Glen and learning about birds and forest animals, forest ecology, geology, and local cultural history. The students go … Continue reading

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Gathering Leaves

As Fall marches on, we are watching the leaves gather on the ground. The Primary students are fortunate to have a huge conifer in their outdoor classroom, but their deciduous trees are too young to yield much of a pile. Earlier this month, … Continue reading

Posted in building and grounds, outside, practical life, Primary

An Afternoon Outdoors with Partners

Our Middle School and Lower Elementary students had an opportunity to work and grow together this week in their Partners program. This always provides a nice experience for both the older and younger students. The Middle School students are developing empathy and … Continue reading

Posted in community, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, outside, partners

Steel Pan Music

Part of the Music program at McGuffey includes the study of instrument families in the orchestra. Grades 1-4 take a close look at percussion, string, brass, and woodwind families. To put a lovely end to their unit on percussion instruments, our … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, music, outside

Practical Applications for Math

“When will we ever use this?” is a question that all Math teachers often hear. Our Grade 7 Pre-Algebra students have been learning about ratios, proportions, and similar figures. They put their knowledge into practice by using “indirect measurement” to find the height … Continue reading

Posted in math, Middle School, outside

Upper Unit’s Star Party

McGuffey’s Upper Unit welcomed Aaron Eiben of the Cincinnati Observatory last Thursday night for our Star Party. Aaron brought two large telescopes and star maps for everyone. He guided students and parents through viewing the moon, several planets, stars, star clusters, … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, Middle School, outside, science, Upper Elementary, upper unit

SOAR Family Hike

This past Saturday, some of the McGuffey community gathered for our annual SOAR (Students Outside and Running) Family Hike. Zafer Ozdemir led us on a three-mile hike followed by an optional three-mile run. It was a great opportunity for the students to … Continue reading

Posted in community, fundraising, McGuffey, outside, physical education

Making a Discovery

A few students in our Lower Elementary classroom dug up a piece of rock filled with ancient coral and seashells this morning in their outdoor classroom. They used brushes and shovels to dig it out of the ground, and they worked … Continue reading

Posted in building and grounds, Lower Elementary, outside, science