Category Archives: upper unit

Work Periods in the Upper Unit

The uninterrupted Work Period is a fundamental element of the Montessori philosophy. It allows for individual variations in the learning process through which students have time to work on various tasks and responsibilities at their own pace. In the Upper Unit, students typically … Continue reading

Posted in Middle School, Montessori method, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Work Plans in the Upper Unit

The individual Work Plan is an important element of our Montessori education. It helps our students become more independent and strengthens their internal motivation to complete difficult tasks. The Upper Unit uses their Work Plans to set priorities, track assignment due dates, and … Continue reading

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Studying Astronomy in the Upper Unit

The first topic in the Upper Unit’s Science curriculum this year is Astronomy. Students spent the first week of this unit investigating the biggest scientific object around: the Universe! During the second week of our Astronomy unit, we examined the smallest objects—subatomic particles, … Continue reading

Posted in Middle School, science, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Upper Unit Library Grand Opening

The Upper Unit celebrated the opening of their library with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. Beloved McGuffey founding director Janet Kretschmer joined us to preside over the event. The library will be maintained by a rotating student librarian, and the Upper Unit … Continue reading

Posted in building and grounds, language arts, Middle School, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Upper Unit: Back in the Swing of Things

The Upper Unit started the school last week with a host of new activities. The main building was full of fresh faces as the newly-minted Grade 4 students joined our classroom. The students got right to work creating the Upper Unit rules when … Continue reading

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First Day of School, Slow Start Love

We love how our Slow Start for Primary and Lower Elementary gives each student the space and time to ease into their classroom, whether that classroom is a new one or a familiar one. Today, students who were new to their … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, preschool, Primary, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Babysitters in Training

While school is out for summer, twelve of our students came back to school all day today for babysitter training by the Fitton YMCA. This is an extension of our Practical Life curriculum. Students learned how to care for infants, toddlers and pre-adolescents … Continue reading

Posted in Middle School, practical life, Uncategorized, Upper Elementary, 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

Posted in art, community, language arts, peace, upper unit

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

Posted in art, field trip, Middle School, music, Upper Elementary, upper unit

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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