Category Archives: upper unit

Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Arts Exposition

Several students in the Upper Unit participated in Oxford’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Arts Exposition. They were challenged to create a visual or written piece of art based on either the inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. … Continue reading

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A Tour of Music Hall

Upper Unit students enjoyed a real treat after the concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra late last month. Following lunch, which they brown bagged and ate in the lobby, students divided into two groups for a tour of the magnificent Music Hall. … Continue reading

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Weekly Sharing in the Upper Unit

On Wednesdays, the Upper Elementary and Middle School students at McGuffey Montessori have a designated time when they share one of their interests with the rest of the class. Sharing is an important part of the week and an important … Continue reading

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Democratic Meetings in the Upper Unit

In the Upper Unit, students get the opportunity to effect change in their classroom through the democratic process. At monthly Democratic Meetings, the students get together to form committees, craft proposals, and present them to the class. Proposals need to receive … Continue reading

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Sewing in the Upper Unit

Students in the Upper Unit spent the month of October working on their sewing skills. First they learned a whipstitch, often used to sew patches onto clothes. The students worked with sheets of denim as well as denim patches to simulate … Continue reading

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Deductive Reasoning and Puzzle Solving

Middle School Math students in Marcia’s classes got a wonderful treat last week. Dr. Jeff Wanko visited the classroom and gave a presentation on deductive reasoning and puzzle solving. Dr. Wanko is the chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Miami … Continue reading

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Learning the Art of Calligraphy

McGuffey’s Upper Unit students are learning the art of ‘writing beautifully’ by using calligraphy. The word calligraphy comes from the Greek words for ‘beautiful writing’—kallos and graphos. By learning about and practicing decorative handwriting, students can gain an appreciation for … Continue reading

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A Play About Photosynthesis

The Upper Elementary Science class put on a short play about photosynthesis for their Lower Elementary schoolmates, who are also studying Botany. Upper Elementary students worked on the play for two weeks, so they did a lot in very little … Continue reading

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Modeling Landforms

Our students in the Upper Unit are building a foundation in geography and enhancing their vocabulary as they learn some terms that geographers use. They explored landforms by using bread to shape and describe the features of Earth. Students tore pieces of bread and … Continue reading

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Upper Unit’s Study of Botany

Upper Elementary and Middle School students have been studying Botany in Science. Botany is a traditional part of Montessori study. Maria Montessori found that naming the many parts of plants was a perfect way to introduce children to scientific terminology … Continue reading

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