Category Archives: Primary

Woodworking Kindergarteners

  The art curriculum in Kindergarten Studio is one that builds throughout the year. Starting with two dimensional drawing, children then explore a variety of three-dimensional art, fiber arts, and then end the year with woodworking. The woodworking unit is … Continue reading

Posted in art, Primary

Our Amazing Interns

We have been fortunate to have the help of two wonderful interns over the course of this semester at McGuffey. Alyssa Cook has been working in our Primary classroom, and Sarah Burke has been working in our Lower Elementary classroom. … Continue reading

Posted in community, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Primary

The Read-a-Thon Rolls On!

The Read-a-Thon enters its second week today! Our students have been focusing on reading at school and home. Several of our students are challenging themselves to read 24 hours on their own! This is our academic fundraiser so we’d like … Continue reading

Posted in fundraising, guest speakers, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, partners, Primary, Upper Elementary

International Kids’ Yoga Day

Oxford-area yoga instructor Jill Levendaris joined our Physical Education classes on Friday, April 7 so we could be among the more than 40,000 children to participate in the second International Kids’ Yoga Day. Jill guided the students through the poses that … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, physical education, Primary, Upper Elementary

Primary Studies Ghana

Primary recently continued their exploration of Africa by shifting their focus to Ghana. Although it is a small country, about twice the size of Ohio, it has many unique characteristics. It is where the well-known kente cloth originated, woven on looms … Continue reading

Posted in Primary, social studies

Learning About Fish in Primary

Students in Primary recently continued their exploration of the animal kingdom by discussing fish. They used a fish skeleton to see that fish are vertebrates, with a clearly defined backbone. They saw that fins help a fish balance, steer, and stop. They observed metal discs in … Continue reading

Posted in Primary, science

Primary studies South Africa

In Primary, we began our exploration of Africa, with our first country being South Africa. We discussed environment, climate, wildlife, music, art, currency, and traditions. We don’t delve into issues of apartheid at this age, but we do say that … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, McGuffey, Primary, social studies

Spiders, crustaceans, worms, and more!

In Primary, we have been exploring animals that don’t have backbones, but aren’t insects. Animals as diverse as jellyfish, coral, sponges, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, mites, ticks, spiders, starfish, worms, centipedes, snails, slugs and millipedes are also invertebrates. They’re having fun … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, McGuffey, Primary, science

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day with Partners

Our Upper Elementary students were able to spend some fun time with their Primary partners getting ready for Valentine’s Day. The students worked together to decorate their card bags with foam hearts, markers, and stickers. Partner work is a special opportunity for our … Continue reading

Posted in McGuffey, partners, Primary, Upper Elementary

Groundhog Day

McGuffey Factoid: Upper Unit teacher, Mark, LOVES Groundhog Day. Mark came to Primary on Groundhog Day last week to be their guest reader. He brought with him books about one of his very favorite holidays. His books explained this very silly holiday, … Continue reading

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