Category Archives: practical life

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

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

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Leaf piles to keep and share

Last week Lower Elementary gathered rakes and wheelbarrows so they could build leaf piles for jumping. Our big tree out front has finally dropped most of its leaves, so it’s the perfect place for raking. Half the class worked to … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, peace, practical life, Primary

Don’t You Forget About Breakfast Club

On Wednesday the Upper Unit brought back a fun experience from last year: Breakfast Club! A group of students planned “breakfast for lunch”, went to the grocery store and did the shopping, and prepared and cooked a meal for their … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, McGuffey, practical life, upper unit

Practical Life

The purpose of Practical Life in a Montessori classroom is to help the child gain control of her movements and build independence. These works appeal to Primary-aged children who can often be heard saying, “I can do it!” Practical Life exercises can … Continue reading

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1800s Day!

A few weeks ago the Primary and Lower Elementary classes went back in time. We took a trip back to the early 1800s, a time without most of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Throughout the day, students have a … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, practical life, social studies

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

Posted in Lower Elementary, outside, practical life, science

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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