Students used their phonemic awareness to sound out words with the Moveable Alphabet and to share interesting facts.

New School Montessori students in our (3-6) program have been doing research with the Maria Montessori’s Moveable Alphabet! Students chose a card from a wide selection of topics that interested them. These topics ranged from important information about a variety of animals to solar system topics. The children then chose a fact from their card to write about using their phonemic awareness to sound out words with the Moveable Alphabet. As you read the interesting animal and solar system facts that our preschoolers wanted to share with you, you may notice that in the Montessori Moveable Alphabet, vowels are blue …

Physical science demonstrations prove important facts about our atmosphere

New School 6th graders watched TNSM teacher Nancy Buchman’s physical science demonstrations dealing with atmosphere.  With 2 balloons balanced on a yard stick, Nancy was able to show the students that our air has mass by seeing what happened to to the once-balanced balloons when one pops. Fire is only possible in the presence of oxygen. Nancy did a demonstration to show students that our air has about 20% oxygen.  When the candle flame within the upside down flask had burned all the oxygen within and extinguished itself, the water in the tray beneath rose to take its place. The …

Using Excel pie charts to showcase data

  Thanh-Tu and Will began their study of weather by choosing from a menu of assignments. They chose to create a pie chart, displaying the elements and their percentages in our atmosphere. Within Excel, there were numerous other choices as they explored the many options they could select for their charts.      

Art and science come together in this fish-print project

As part of the 4th/5th grade zoology studies, students made a stamp of a fish to label the parts. First, they painted the black sea bass, then pressed paper against the fish to make a stamp.  When the paint dried, each student labeled the different parts of the fish.

Elementary artists designed their own berets

New School Montessori elementary art students now “look the part” in their custom-designed, artistic berets. Their art teacher, Robin Hartmann​, led them as they designed and painted their berets to match their own flair.

Understanding the learning and work behind the musical portion of the performances this month

New School Montessori parent and music teacher, Melissa Robinson, collaborated with TNSM dance teacher, Jeanne Speier, this year with multi-aged groupings of (6-9) and (9-12) students in a project-based curriculum that helped students develop skills while also working toward a performance for our community.  (6-9) music Students started the term by exploring the following musical elements: melody, rhythm, and form. They demonstrated an understanding of pitch (high and low) using Orff instruments and boomwhackers. Rhythmic sequences from the musical songs were played on rhythm sticks. Call and response form and AB form were introduced. These concepts were built upon as students …

Teacher Jeanne Speier tells about the (9-12) dance portion of their recent presentation

New School Montessori dance teacher, Jeanne Speier, has been teaching TNSM students for over a decade.  Jeanne’s expertise as a dance teacher includes training with Katherine Dunham, being certified as a Dunham teacher, years of dance study in Bali, and teaching African and Haitian dance. We are grateful to have Jeanne on our staff.    Jeanne’s work with 4th-6th grade students this semester began with a focus on creative movement. Students explored different levels, rhythms, speeds and a basic swing series. They later changed their focus toward learning the graceful arm, head and sway-of-hip movements that are typical of Hawaiian dance. …

Our (6-9) students helped 13,000 people during their service field trip to Matthew 25 Ministries

6-9 students volunteered during a community service field trip to Matthew 25 Ministries in Blue Ash. They brought with them personal care items they had gathered as part of their Valentine’s Day celebration and added it to what the community has provided. Students prepared personal care kits for disaster relief for Matthew 25 people worldwide, including recent flood victims in the Cincinnati area. Matthew 25 estimates that for every hour one person volunteers, he/she assist 130 people! That means our students helped nearly 13,000 people during their visit.

Third graders responded to the sirens’ call of an unabridged dictionary

In the third graders’ study of Antarctica, they came upon the word katabatic and used teacher Jean Eschenbach’s gigantic unabridged dictionary to look it up. The dictionary continued to draw various students’ interest throughout the morning. katabatic |ˌkatəˈbatik| Relating to wind currents that blow down a gradient, especially down the slopes of a mountain or glacier. When air comes in contact with the cool surface of a glacier or the upper regions of a mountain or slope, the air cools, becomes dense, and blows downward. Katabatic winds are usually cool and are especially common at night in polar regions. Compare …