With the Montessori bank game comes a concrete understanding of the value of numbers

Liam has been working with the Montessori bank exercise. It works in much the same way as a customer and teller transaction.   The teacher hands Liam a wooden nameplate “check” with the numerical value painted on it as 2,000. Liam then brings back 2 large bead blocks of 1,000 each and says, “Here are 2 thousands.” They then move on to different quantities of numbers in the hundreds, tens, and units to compose a four digit number with its corresponding number of beads.   You can see this part of the work on the rug closest to Liam. Each …

Preparing for the abstract concepts of algebra by using the concrete manipulative of the trinomial cube

Tarini sorted and organized the cube of the trinomial into their different colors before putting it back together! By sorting the colors first, she was able to put it away in an orderly way.   The trinomial cube is an important three-dimensional puzzle that not only challenges preschoolers to find patterns and spatial relationships, but also begins to prepare the child for more abstract concepts of algebra. The blocks’ varied colors and sizes represent the algebraic binomial and trinomial formulas.

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We are eagerly preparing for this year’s auction, which will take place Saturday, March 17 at New Riff Distilling. The auction starts at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. Don’t wait. Purchase your tickets now. We are still accepting donations for the live and silent auctions. Click to donate auction items. Tickets to musical, theatrical or sporting events Passes for Kings Island, the zoo, museums, aquarium A week or weekend at a vacation house Art, jewelry, sculpture, quilts Wine, beer or spirits baskets Cash donations online to support the auction

Students learn about the world’s biomes

Drew, a New School Montessori 3rd grader, sorted cards showing characteristics of the world’s biomes: polar regions, temperate forests, tropical forests, mountains, oceans, grasslands, and deserts.

Studying geology and rock types

New School 4th-6th graders’ study of geology included learning about the 3 different types of rocks – sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. Ingrid is laying a work to help her learn about the formation, appearance, and composition of these different rocks.

Collaboration on volcano study

For their study of volcanoes, students could choose to collaborate with a classmate on a project. Anna and Audrie created a small book about volcanoes. Nancy Buchman (9-12) teacher remarked, “It was so fun to watch them working together.”

Exploring space and movement in dance

New School Montessori dance teacher, Jeanne Speier, had 2nd and 3rd grade students explore space and movement with sheets of tissue paper. Then they were asked to crumple up the paper into snowballs and moved through the chaos of an indoor snowstorm!

Fun with reading!

Maya read to match subjects with their predicates. Noa created scenes from a story by listening carefully to describing words. Myles and Anna built letters of the alphabet. Audrey and Gavin matched adverbs with suffix -ly to verbs.

New School Montessori students use ukuleles to further their musical skills

New School Montessori students use ukuleles to further their musical skills In addition to leading our orchestra and strings programs, Melissa Robinson, former NKU director of strings, is also leading our elementary music program and has introduced a new instrument to the students – the ukulele. Melissa believes students learn music best with an instrument in their hands, saying, “Everything taught becomes meaningful and real. After just one group lesson, students are able to play a recognizable piece. Because of that, they want to come back for more – and so they learn more.” Melissa challenges and engages the children at …

From roots to shoots – kindergartners have sprouted green hair!

Kindergartners learned all about shoots and roots with preprimary teacher Colleen Blumer. They studied germination in their botany class and created works of art using white string for roots and green construction paper as shoots.   A number of weeks ago, students planted grass seeds in dirt-filled cups. Colleen asked each student to create a goofy-faced pose to represent what they might be feeling if actual green grass were growing from their heads. They then planted their faces on the outside of a cup and watched their grassy hair grow.