Cuh – Ah – Tuh. CAT

Something happened two days ago.  I’ve read about how it happens.  I have told concerned parents that it happens, and not to worry.  I have seen it happen in other children.  I know the steps to make it happen.  Nevertheless, it was still a moment of magic and emotion when it happened to me. My daughter, Lena (3), and I were watching a late night soccer practice for my son Jakob(5).  It was past 7:00 pm and due to a kitchen remodel at our house that makes cooking feel more like competing in an obstacle course, we decided to eat …

Shhhh. Listen.

“The Child has other powers than ours, and the creation he achieves is no small one; it is everything.” – Maria Montessori I have been thinking about communication this week.  From the moment we are born, we begin calling out to each other.  This deep need to be heard, to be understood, to express ourselves seems to be ingrained in us from day one. We find it so important that we record our children’s first words, celebrate when they connect two words together, and are in awe of their first full sentence. By the age of 3, children have absorbed …

Understanding the importance of play

Hello Friends, “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein In a recent Psychology Today article, play was described to have five categories: Play is self-chosen and self directed, Play is an activity in which means are more valued than ends, Play is guided by mental rules, Play is non-literal, imaginative, marked off in some way from reality, and Play involves an active, alert, but non-stressed frame of mind. Reading through these characteristics, I couldn’t help but to see the comparisons between play and a Montessori classroom. Our Montessori environments are set up to encourage “self-directed learners.” We place value …

The 5 Great Lessons

Hello Friends, Some of you may or may not have heard of what Montessorians refer to as the 5 Great Lessons.  These lessons are a unique part of any Montessori curriculum.  They are typically presented in a (6-9) environment although you will see them at the (3-6) and (9-12) levels from time to time. The idea behind the 5 Great Lessons is to awaken the child’s imagination about the universe and the remarkable roles humans have played in it.  The lessons are titled, The Coming of the Universe and Earth, The Coming of Life, The Coming of Human  Beings, The Coming …

Teachers prepare their classrooms and then follow the children as they explore their interests

What an amazing start to the 18/19 school year! The environments are beautiful, the children are exploring, learning, and deepening their understanding of the world. As I walk through our classroom environments, I am impressed with the careful preparation each teacher has taken to create a rich microcosm of our world. In these spaces, our students can explore with confidence, take risks, and make mistakes while feeling loved and supported by their peers and teachers. Montessori teachers are expert observers. We have been trained to not constantly thrust our own egos and ideas into the pathway of a child’s learning, …

Next steps at TNSM

We host a “Next Step” meeting each year that is designed to provide information for parents with children who will be transitioning into a new level at The New School Montessori. This year, we created a video, demonstrating some of the Montessori materials students will be using in their new classrooms. It is an exciting time, both socially and academically, for students taking their next step in the 9-year process here at TNSM.

Explaining Montessori in 5 minutes or less

I wanted to make this article by Aubrey Hargis available to our community. It is a very good introduction to what the Montessori method is about. Use this as a guide when explaining your child’s experience at The New School Montessori to grandparents, neighbors and friends. As the only Montessori school in the Cincinnati area that has been accredited by the American Montessori Society, you can feel confident in the educational path you have chosen for your child.

Understanding the importance of exploration

Hello, Friends. As Montessori educators or staff working within a Montessori culture, we understand the importance of exploration. As teachers, we have been trained to set up our environments in a way that encourages discovery through exploration. Our role is to prepare, prepare, prepare, and “then follow the child.”  In Catherine McTamaney’s book, A Delicate Task: Teaching and Learning on a Montessori Pathway, she shares that a teacher’s role is not, “to direct the exploration, but rather to carry the equipment and check the supplies. Our work is to scout, to observe, to inform, but ultimately to follow the child. …

Jeff’s Update

Dear TNSM Friends, We have had an AMAZING summer at The New School Montessori. Our new preprimary space (West Room) is beautiful and ready for students! This project is a true testament to the spirit of community at The New School Montessori. The gorgeous tables and shelves were designed and constructed by Robby Lewis (3-6 assistant teacher in the West Room). The spectacular glass mosaic was created by our Spanish and Ex-day teacher, Ximena Flores, and the curtains in our new Nap Room were made by Debbie Weistein (3-6 assistant teacher). Lastly, the funding that made this project possible came …

Jeff’s end-of-year message

Director Jeff Groh gives a summer message, reflecting on the 2016-17 school year and looking forward to the next.