Category Archives: Primary

The Structure of the Earth and Rocks

  This week, students in Primary are studying rocks and the Earth. We talked about the three types of rock and how each type of rock is part of the rock cycle. Molten rock fromed beneath the earth’s crust is … Continue reading

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Simple Machines

This week we began our science unit on simple machines. We discussed how simple machines were some of the very first pieces of technology that humans invented, in order to do more work than they could with their muscle power … Continue reading

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Being thankful with Partners

When we met with our Partners today, we explored the idea of being thankful. The little ones used finger paints to add leaves to a fall tree, and the bigger ones helped write things they were thankful for. Our Partners … 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

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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Digestion, respiration, and circulation

We have been studying the human body in science, beginning with digestion and nutrition. We read the book What Happens to a Hamburger? and traced the journey of food through the body. Ms. Torso visited us to help explain digestion. … Continue reading

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Learning about the piano with Robin Spielberg

This week the kindergarteners and Lower Elementary were the guests of Robin Spielberg and the Miami University Performing Arts Series. Robin talked to children about how a piano works and then discussed why and how she composes music. We learned … Continue reading

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Chile

Social Studies is moving south! This week our study of the world moved to South America. Our first country is Chile, a long, skinny country on the west coast. Chile is unique because it is so long. At the top … Continue reading

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Solids, Liquids, and Gases

This week in Primary we have been talking about matter. Matter is anything that takes up space, and it can present in several states. We discussed the three most familiar states of matter—solid, liquid, and gas. Using a hula hoop, … Continue reading

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Canada

We continue our exploration of North America, with a journey north to Canada! We discussed the many ways Canada is the same and different when compared to the United States. We talked about the Canada Goose and learned about the … Continue reading

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