Category Archives: primary unit

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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Taking care of our teeth

Primary continues to study the human body this week. This morning, Primary students  were treated to a visit by McGuffey mom, Jaimie Ross. Jaimie is a hygienist and told us she cleans and takes x-rays of other people’s teeth. She … Continue reading

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The Carnival of the Animals

The entire school is currently studying Camille Saint-Saëns beloved work, “The Carnival of the Animals.” We have discussed how Saint-Saëns wrote “The Carnival of the Animals” as a joke for his music students and only allowed it to be published … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, music, primary unit, Upper Elementary

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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Moving on

Do you remember as a kid, that the day after your birthday was kind of a downer? Or, how the moments after you opened your presents could bring a sense of disappointment, a longing for the anticipation you felt before … Continue reading

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Butterflies for Mary

The students made butterflies to celebrate our friend, Mary Perkins, who is in the Primary group. The butterflies have been connected on a wire and will be displayed at the Butterfly Walk 2013. We are so happy to have Mary … Continue reading

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