Category Archives: Lower Elementary

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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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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Partners

Everyone has been thrilled to see our Partners program start this year! Partners is a program that pairs older and younger students. Older students have an opportunity to be the expert, while younger students benefit from having a mentor. Both … Continue reading

Posted in community, intermediate unit, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Montessori method, partners, Uncategorized, upper unit

Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns

This past week in art, we learned how to draw pumpkins to celebrate the beginning of Fall and the spooky season. We began by examining a real pumpkin to take note of texture, form, and color. Right off the bat, … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies

Several classrooms have been raising monarch butterflies from eggs found in our community. Following the life cycle is a fantastic way to kick off the new school year! Once a butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, we tag it as part … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, science, social studies

Something Special(s) in the Air

With the 2021/22 school year we have been able to bring back our Specials program safely. That means all our McGuffey students get to enjoy Art, Music, and PE every week! We’re excited to add a new member to our … Continue reading

Posted in art, Lower Elementary, Middle School, music, outside, physical education, Uncategorized, Upper Elementary

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

Working Outside

This year, all classrooms are trying to spend as much time outside as possible. Each unit has always had an outdoor classroom, but spending the whole day outside has meant getting a little more creative! In Lower Elementary, when we … Continue reading

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Food Composting

McGuffey celebrated Earth Day by beginning to participate in Oxford’s new food scrap recycling program. We now have a bucket for each building where we collect food scraps from snack and lunch throughout the week. On Saturday, a parent volunteer … Continue reading

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Walk and Bike to School Day

Because our school musical is on May 8th, we celebrated National Walk and Bike to School Day a week early. We had a huge number of students participate this year! Thank you to Jaimie for organizing this event and all … Continue reading

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