Category Archives: language arts

France

We studied France in the Primary classroom for the past two weeks and ended this unit with an Art History lesson about ballet. We discussed how ballet was brought to France from Italy, where it developed into the performance art … Continue reading

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Gratitude

Each November at the high school, we talk about gratitude. Last year, we read about and listened to speakers explain the importance of practicing gratitude to cultivate a happy life. We engaged the topic through our Seminar discussions. This year, … Continue reading

Posted in foreign language, High School, language arts, McGuffey, Montessori method, Uncategorized

Election Day

Costume Day at McGuffey is always the day after Halloween, which happened to coincide with the day before Election Day. In Lower Elementary, we combined the two subjects and held an election about candy! Based on personal preference, the class … Continue reading

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Boris the Mantis

Our students discovered a visitor living on a plant that recently came into our classroom.  Watching and learning about this beautiful mantis became a daily practice. The students even put democracy into action to choose a name. 

Posted in community, democratic process, High School, insects, language arts, McGuffey, Montessori method, science, social studies, Uncategorized

1800s Day

1800s Day is a McGuffey tradition where the Primary and Lower Elementary classrooms go back in time. All modern materials are put away, leaving only items they would have in the 1800s. Other than toilets, they do not have access … Continue reading

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HAUNTED HOUSE FOR SALE!

Just in time for Halloween, Lower Elementary’s creative writing projects got a little spooky! Our students were challenged to write a real estate listing for a haunted house. What could they write that would attract ghosts and witches? Through a … Continue reading

Posted in art, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey

Grammar in the Upper Unit

Upper Elementary and Middle School are finishing up a unit of grammar. The Montessori method of grammar instruction uses manipulative symbols for various parts of speech. UE enjoyed reading the Parts of Speech fairy tale, which is a method of … Continue reading

Posted in language arts, Middle School, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Wheel of Life: Food Chain of the Temperate Forest

As Lower Elementary continues their study of Biomes, they’re taking a closer look at the each of the six components that make up a biome. They’re currently exploring energy, which means understanding its importance and observing how it is exchanged … Continue reading

Posted in art, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, peace, science, social studies

Learning About the Myaamia Language

Jarrid Baldwin, son of Darryl Baldwin, Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University, stopped by our classroom today to speak to the students about the Myaamia language and the role oral tradition played in their culture. We will be discussing … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, language arts, Middle School, social studies, Upper Elementary, upper unit

A Visit From Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz, children’s book author, visited McGuffey’s Upper Unit last week. Gidwitz’s book, The Inquisitor’s Tale, is one of three Newbery Honor Books for 2017. McGuffey Middle School students read and studied the book with Quentin ahead of Gidwitz’s visit and prepared … Continue reading

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