Category Archives: parents

Summer Reading: How to Raise Brilliant Children, According to Science

Check out this story from NPR that discusses how learning is “a social, relationship-oriented process” and proposes the concept of a new “21st century report card” that measures collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence. How to Raise Brilliant Children, … Continue reading

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Zen Gardens

Upper Elementary students recently created personal zen sand gardens. While this project seemed quick and simple at first, students soon realized it was one that required patience. Glue must be allowed to dry completely, sanding must be done carefully, and the … Continue reading

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Read-A-Thon is underway!

The Read-A-Thon is here and McGuffey’s students are excited about it! The Read-a-Thon is an annual event where, for two weeks, we celebrate the joy of the written word and encourage our students to read, or be read to. We … Continue reading

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Sales Tax Holiday in Ohio

The state of Ohio will be enacting a sales tax holiday beginning on Friday, August 7th, and running through Sunday, August 9th. During this holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax: Clothing priced at $75 per … Continue reading

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Join us on Saturday for Building and Grounds Work!

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 1), McGuffey will be having a spontaneous and informal Building and Grounds Day from 11 am – 2 pm. If you are interested in logging some Family Work Hours, stop by for all or part of this … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: Five Minute Montessori DIY Mystery Box

This week, we’re sharing a post from one of our favorite Montessori blogs, How We Montessori. This post, like many of the posts on How We Montessori, provides an educational activity that can be easily prepared at home and can … Continue reading

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School Supply Lists Now Available

Supply Lists are ready for the 2015-16 school year. Each student will have a combination of community and personal items that need to be purchased. Please note that these items differ depending on your child’s classroom, so each classroom has … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

This week, we’re sharing a story from The Atlantic that suggests that children can develop better executive function (the ability to self-regulate, organize, and plan) when they are given regular opportunities to engage in unstructured free play. Why Free Play … Continue reading

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Scenes from Our Picnic and Carnival

Thank you to everybody who attended and helped facilitate our end of the year picnic and carnival! It was a wonderful way to conclude the 2014-2015 school year, and we hope you’re well on your way to having a great … Continue reading

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Learning How to Play Lacrosse

Thanks to parent George Ironstrack, students in Lower Elementary and the Upper Unit learned how to play lacrosse last week. George shared some of the sport’s cultural history with our students, and brought in several varieties of lacrosse sticks to … Continue reading

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