TNSM music teacher Josh Fink’s work was premiered

We congratulate New School Montessori music teacher, Josh Fink, on the world premier of his Concerto for Quartet, Strings, and Percussion. The piece was commissioned by Austin Soundwaves, featured DaXun Zhang, and was performed at The University of Texas at Austin.

5th graders created their own fables and bound their collection into a keepsake

Each year, New School Montessori 5th graders create a collaborative book of fables. The project begins with students reading well-known stories within the genre to discover the structure and elements that need to be present in their original stories. They are required to develop three fables, including creating their own illustrations to accompany each story. Students then choose a favorite among their three projects to be bound together with other classmates’ favorite works.   Decisions about the type of paper to be used, the binding stitch pattern, fabric for the cover and the title of the collection are all made …

6th graders learned how plastics are made at LyondellBasell Technology Center

New School 6th grade students were invited by Ndiba Dioh (parent of 6-9 students) to visit LyondellBasell Technology Center in Blue Ash. They learned how plastics are made from the elements carbon and hydrogen, visited different labs, and walked though the plant to see how plastic bags and containers are produced.

Plant diagrams

New School Montessori students in 1st-3rd grade created flower diagrams from their botany study of plant parts.  

Students visit Krohn Conservatory and Eden Park

A number of New School Montessori students in 4th-6th grade visited the Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show. While some of their classmates were performing “Hamlet” for a neighboring school, these students enjoyed seeing the butterflies and visiting the other sections of the conservatory. Following the tour, students had a picnic lunch at Eden Park’s overlook.  

Author visits (9-12) students and fields questions

Author Bill Schroeder came to visit the (9-12), where he shared his book, Smallmouth Sonny of Bass Island Bar with students. Bill’s book is about a fish that gets lost on the Little Miami River and all the animal friends he meets on his journey home. Students asked the author questions about writing a book, the editing process, and getting published. Bill was amazed at the amount of background knowledge our students had about nature, conservation, and writing.

The gift of organ donation made real to TNSM 6th graders

New School Montessori 6th graders donned latex gloves and forceps in their classroom as they practiced suturing deep cuts in cadaver pigs’ feet. TNSM parent and physician’s assistant, Jen Garrett, works with U.C.’s liver transplant program and began her lesson by leading a presentation on organ donation and its importance in savings lives. Students had an opportunity to meet and ask questions of a liver transplant recipient who shared his experience. After the lecture, they palpated chicken hearts and livers and learned basic suturing techniques from surgery residents who observed as students practiced closing wounds.  

Offering a multi-sensory approach to learning

New School Montessori teacher Shawn Dougherty interviewed children about their sensorial work. Our modern culture provides many opportunities to learn through sight and sound, but it is crucial to devote time to developing all of our senses. As Aristotle said, “There is nothing in the intellect which was not first in the senses…”    

Shakespeare Club performs “Hamlet”

The New School Montessori offers a variety of inspiring after-school clubs for its students, one being Shakespeare Club. The school’s director, Jeff Groh and (9-12) teacher, Laura Slanker have been leading this club for many years with the children performing 45-minute versions of such works as: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Macbeth and now Hamlet. The New School Montessori’s Shakespeare Club for 4th-6th graders is Cincinnati’s only Shakespeare Touring Ensemble made up entirely of child actors. We are so proud of their work! Click below to see a brief “movie trailer” for the play and to hear …