Category Archives: practical life

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

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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

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More Fun in St. Louis

It’s our second full day in St. Louis with the Middle School students, and the major attraction of the day was the City Museum: “Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of … Continue reading

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Middle School Students on the Road

Our Middle School students (Grades 6-8) are out and about on their annual spring trip. This year’s destination is St. Louis, Missouri. On our first full day we participated in a mock trial of the Dred Scott case; visited the … Continue reading

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Sewing in Lower Elementary

Students in Lower Elementary are in the midst of their second sewing project of the year with Ayelet. Last week, students made bookmarks out of felt and stitched a border onto them to practice stitching. This week, students are making small … Continue reading

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Preparing for a Celebration in Lower Elementary

Students in Lower Elementary spent last week preparing for their part of the school-wide Celebration of Learning that took place on Friday. The Celebration of Learning is a time when students from all grades at McGuffey can invite their parents to … Continue reading

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Baking Muffins with Partners

On Wednesday, our Middle School students and their Lower Elementary partners got together to make a snack for the school: gluten-free muffins for everyone. Since variety is the spice of life, they made two kinds: blueberry and apple streusel. This … 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

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Pumpkin pound

A favorite work has been in Primary the last few weeks—the pumpkin pound! Working one at a time, children first don safety glasses, and then use a hammer to pound in wooden tees. Each child may pound in as many … Continue reading

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Displaying Self-Portraits in Lower Elementary

After lots of planning, Lower Elementary happily unveiled their new display of student self-portraits in the classroom recently. Each student’s self-portrait is now framed and sitting on a ledge shelf in our upstairs classroom space. This is quite an upgrade, and students have … Continue reading

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