Category Archives: upper unit

Games of The Gods

Project-based work is in full swing in the Upper Unit. The students are taking their knowledge of Greek mythology to create games inspired by the Greek gods, goddesses, and heroes. There are board games, card games, and computer games being … Continue reading

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Casting Votes in the Upper Unit

The Upper Unit students have been getting ready for the upcoming United States presidential election by studying the electoral process in the US. They have compared party platforms, learned about the electoral college, studied the candidates’ positions, learned about several minor parties, and are … Continue reading

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Upper Unit’s Star Party

McGuffey’s Upper Unit welcomed Aaron Eiben of the Cincinnati Observatory last Thursday night for our Star Party. Aaron brought two large telescopes and star maps for everyone. He guided students and parents through viewing the moon, several planets, stars, star clusters, … Continue reading

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Curated Collections in the Upper Unit Library

McGuffey’s Upper Unit Library received a facelift over the summer along with a lot of new books! Upper Unit teacher Allison Brigden along with Lower Elementary teacher Matt Metzler obtained a plethora of new and exciting books and spent the summer months working … Continue reading

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Democratic Meetings in the Upper Unit

Every other Wednesday, our Upper Unit students get a chance to shape their world. Democratic meetings give our students the opportunity to make changes to their classroom and their school. Students have the opportunity to come up with ideas for … Continue reading

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Snapshot Autobiographies

This year in the Social Studies component of the Upper Unit’s Humanities program, we are learning about World History. History is the study of what happened in the past. To introduce our students to this concept, we began by looking … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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