Category Archives: Montessori method

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

Posted in community, democratic process, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Montessori method, pre-primary, preschool, Primary, primary unit, social studies, Uncategorized

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

Posted in language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Montessori method, outside, practical life, pre-primary, preschool, Primary, primary unit, social studies, Uncategorized

SOARing!

The yearly tradition of SOAR (Students Outside Active and Running) wrapped up last Friday. Students from each grade band had the opportunity to get out and run, or walk, for two weeks to rack up miles and score feet for … Continue reading

Posted in community, fundraising, McGuffey, Montessori method, outside, partners, physical education, pre-primary, preschool, Primary, primary unit, Uncategorized, Upper Elementary, upper unit

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

The Nature of Energy and Chemical Reactions

Students in Physical Science have been exploring the nature of energy and different types of chemical reactions. In Chemistry, we learned how physical and chemical properties can be used to identify substances. We distinguished among different metal salts by the … Continue reading

Posted in chemistry, High School, Montessori method, science, Uncategorized

Ukuleles!

Students in Grades 7 and 8 have been learning to play the ukulele in music class. Excitement is building and they can be heard practicing on their own around the school during recess and after their work is finished. Grades 7 … Continue reading

Posted in McGuffey, Middle School, Montessori method, music, outside, upper unit

Working on Mathematics Skills in Upper Elementary

Our Upper Elementary students have been honing their Mathematics skills in a variety of ways, including challenging word problems that target specific critical thinking skills, iPad apps for memorization of Math facts, and self-guided workbooks. Montessori manipulatives also provide variety and excitement. This … Continue reading

Posted in math, Montessori method, Upper Elementary

Lower Elementary Gets Back to Work

Now that we’ve started the first full week back in our normal routines after Winter Break, our students in Lower Elementary have hit a stride in their daily work periods. With the reliable time slot of two hours every morning, … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, Montessori method