Video snippets from senior project presentations

This video compiles snippets from New School Montessori 6th graders’ Senior Project presentations.   Students spent the school year researching their topic, creating a 15-page paper, preparing their slides and practicing a 5-minute summary. They have put a lot of themselves into this work – and it shows.   A big thank you to Katie Sammons for taping the evening in full.

Jazz musicians visited TNSM

Johnnyé White is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a background in education and psychology. She joined TNSM’s staff in 1992 and leads our Appreciating Differences and Civil Rights and Civics courses for 1st through 6th graders. Johnnyé often invites community members to visit our school to bring something new to the children’s understanding of our world. Today Johnnyé brought friends and musicians, Jazz Renaissance, to play for her students during their Arty Gras celebration outdoors. The students enjoyed the music, danced, tapped their toes and played along with rhythmic instruments. We are so grateful to these musicians …

Cardboard arcade games to experience and share

New School Montessori elementary students created arcade games from cardboard, wrote up the rules and spent the afternoon taking turns manning their booths and trying each others’ games. Here are some videos to check out.  

Learning more about levers

New School Montessori students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade are winding down for the year with their study of levers in physical science class. After learning about the fulcrum, resistance (load) and effort, students followed experiment cards to build 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers to see how the distance from the fulcrum affected the effort it takes to move the load.  

Kindergarten art show and play

Kindergarten students put on an art show and play last week that was spectacular! Here are some pictures of their work.  

Studying animals of all sorts

New School Montessori students in the (6-9) level have been studying all kinds of animals. From backyard bees brought by TNSM farming teacher, Carrie Driehaus, to zoo animals at Cincinnati’s zoo, to butterflies at Krohn Conservatory. The students have been busy learning about animals of all sorts.

Preprimary students are busy working

New School Montessori (3-6) teachers are working with preprimary students on refining auditory discrimination through bell-matching work. Levi is finding 3 sets of bells that match in pitch from low to middle to high notes.   The West Room has prepared a number of different outdoor works from the Montessori Bells to sweeping, window washing, and dinosaur scrubbing. Some students even brought out the yoga mat to do different movement works.

Fourth and fifth grade became Cincinnati tourists

Our 4th and 5th graders spent Tuesday through Thursday exploring Cincinnati. They visited Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Art Museum and had dinner in Mt Adams. They enjoyed the play, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Playhouse in the Park. They also visited Carew Tower, Findlay Market, Operation City Quest, the Contemporary Art Center’s UnMuseum, B&B Riverboat historic tour and Jungle Jim’s. Our students also took some to to help out at Matthew 25,  had an overnight at Union Terminal and had loads of fun getting to know their city.    

David Levy from Toastmasters shared public speaking information with 6th graders

David Levy​, a member of Toastmasters and co-creator of Cincinnati’s True Theatre, came to The New School Montessori as a special guest speaker to talk with 6th graders about their Senior Project presentations. He gave the 6th graders advice about how to use their voices and their body language to enhance their speeches. David also used some of the students’ topics in examples demonstrating various public speaking principles. He showed the students the importance of speaking slowly and adding pauses. David stressed that emotions should be synchronized with facial expressions, and he taught the 6th graders to write an effective …