Category Archives: pre-primary

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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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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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

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Preschool Playground canceled for 6/10

While our gardens will be happy to see the rain, it’s made our playground too wet to play. Unfortunately, Preschool Playground will be canceled today. Please join us on June 17th for our next session!

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Last day of school

We celebrated the last day of school with our annual family gathering. Parents and friends brought amazing food to share, followed by the egg drop. Children from preschool on up crafted ingenious contraptions, hoping their egg would survive intact when … Continue reading

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2013 Egg Drop

At the Last Day of School Potluck, Thursday, May 30th, we will hold our annual Egg Drop. This is a tradition at McGuffey that goes back decades! Prior to the last day of school, students will spend time at home … Continue reading

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Orange Pear Apple Bear

This week we had music partners to work on an early rhythm exercise for the pre-primary unit. Not only did the younger set get their first lesson in composing with rhythm, the older students had a chance to cement the … Continue reading

Posted in intermediate unit, music, pre-primary, upper unit

Pre-Primary Parents’ Night

Last Tuesday was Parents’ Night! This is a special night Pre-Primary hosts each spring where our children bring their parents to the classroom to show them where they spend their time and what they work on each day. The children … Continue reading

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Our best fire drill so far!

It can be tricky to get the whole school outside, lined up, and quiet in a very short amount of time. After our last fire drill Al declared this our best fire drill of the year! Way to go, students … Continue reading

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