Alumni student Alex Burte (‘06) has come back to TNSM to offer an after-school fencing club this spring.

Alex Burte came to The New School Montessori last week to introduce elementary students to the sport of fencing. In addition to the physical challenges, requiring balance, speed, strength and grace, Alex explained that fencing also requires strategic acumen and has been described as “chess at 100 miles an hour.” In fencing (as in chess) opponents make moves, block moves and redirect attacks to different locations. Alex has been competing in fencing competitions for years. In high school, he competed on the national circuit in North American Cups and the Junior Olympics. He received offers for athletic scholarships at multiple schools, …

100 cans for CAIN

New School Montessori (6-9) students from Sophia and Jean’s classroom celebrated their 100th day in school by challenging themselves to collect 100 cans to donate to CAIN in Northside. These 1st through 3rd graders have been counting Montessori beads since they were 3, so they were quite adept at organizing their work into units of 5 to track their progress. And the result? They surpassed their goal, contributing 139 cans to those in need.   Dr. Maria Montessori would be very proud!  .      

Kindergartners learn to marble paper

Ryonen Ignatius introduced her (3-6) art students to a technique they used with paper and acrylic paint called marbling. Students looked at samples of marbling on the colorful edges of old books and in beautifully marbled paper created by masters.   This marbling effect is similar to suminagashi which means “floating ink” where artists drop ink into water and create patterns by blowing across the surface. Confectioners also use a marbling-type technique when they drag a toothpick from one color of icing into another. The students enjoyed learning the process and: mixed the liquid starch with alum to provide a …

Farmers aren’t the only ones who appreciate seeds!

Elementary farming teacher, Amber Neff, worked with the elementary students to remember our feathered friends and their winter challenge of finding food. Students created bird feeders using glue guns and left-over plastic containers. They also used net from potato and mandarin orange bags to create seed/suet feeders to hang in the trees. Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.

Kindergartners took learning about penguins into their own hands.

There are 26 different kinds of penguins. Kindergartners in the North Room each chose a penguin type to learn about and to paint. The children made a life-size painting of their penguin and wrote a few sentences about their penguin’s unique properties. You can see their Yellow-eyed, Little, Emperor, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Royal penguins hanging out in the hallway off the kitchen. They’re so lifelike, it’s easy to imagine them begging for food scraps from Chef Audrey when no one is looking.  

Birding skills honed

Blue jays, robins, cardinals, chickadees. Preprimary students have become avid birdwatchers and budding ornithologists as they focus their binoculars on birds visiting the Preprimary Woods. While indoors, students study bird songs and bird nests, marveling at the savviness  of these creatures and their nest-building skills.  Students showcase a bit of their own resourcefulness as they repurpose orange-rind cups as receptacles to be filled with birdseed to be strung in the trees along with garland-threaded popcorn and dried cranberries. The children have been learning a lot about birds – even creating a sequencing work that shows a bird’s life cycle. They …

Students used lemons and potatoes in making their own batteries

For their study of electricity, students in (9-12) learned how batteries work and created their own natural batteries using lemons and potatoes. Students connected everything together with leads, alligator clips, a zinc nail and a copper penny or copper nail.  This allowed the acidic juices (electrolytes) to allow the electrons to flow through the wires until it reached a small light at the other end. Teacher Nancy Buchman loved watching her students’ faces light up when the bulb lit up.          

6th graders calculated pi, measuring circumference and diameter with yarn

In math the 6th graders investigated the relationship between the diameter of a circle and the circumference.  Using various circular classroom items, they first used a piece of yarn to measure the diameter, and then they figured out how many diameters fit in one circumference.  They discovered that there are about 3 1/7 or 3.14 diameters in the circumference.  This measurement of Pi actually goes way back to the Babylonians who calculated Pi about 4000 years ago!          

Our Chef, Audrey Cobb, sure makes good homemade soup!

The New School Montessori provides a homemade lunch that is included as part of tuition. Each day, children and staff choose from numerous fresh-cooked main and side dishes. Chef Audrey Cobb specializes in vegetarian cooking and always has vegan and vegetarian options.   On a cold day like today, nothing is better than a bowl of Audrey’s hot soup. Mika had fun finding her name in the alphabet soup. We don’t have a recipe yet for Audrey’s alphabet soup, but click here to try her squash soup.