Students created pie charts in Excel with data from their geology lesson

As part of their geology studies with teacher Nancy Buchman, 4th-6th graders learned about the elements in the Earth’s crust.  Sixth graders learned new Excel skills by entering data and then creating a pie or circle chart of the elements. The were challenged to try out various chart styles, color themes, and fonts to make their chart unique.  

Preprimary teacher Colleen Blumer encouraged kindergartners to draw a skeleton and to learn the names of the bones

Preprimary teacher Colleen Blumer encouraged kindergartners to draw a skeleton and to learn the names of the bones by consulting books, models and posters. They discussed the importance of having a skeletal structure and how muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments all work together to help them move. They then set about the task of drawing what they’d learned. Colleen encouraged them to break it down to things they knew how to draw already. Colleen asked, “Can you draw a circle? Can you draw a straight line? Then you can draw a skeleton.” Students were surprised to see how connecting lines …

Fossil hunting at Caesar Creek

TNSM 4th and 5th graders spent the day at Caesar Creek State Park hiking, visiting exhibits, learning about nature and looking for fossils.  Students found and identified brachiopods, crinoid stems, bryozoans, and possibly some sections of trilobites. We are grateful to our parent volunteer chaperones who helped make this trip possible.

Thanh Nha recommends a book series she’s reading

Third grader Thanh Nha loves a book that is interesting and gets her attention. She recommends the Warrior series by Erin Hunter saying, “It’s a really good story about cats – and I love cats!” Thanh Nha says she admires the house cat Rusty and how he learns to make friends and finds that he can also be strong. One of the lessons Thanh Nha learned from the book is not to judge people.

6th graders explore Washington, D.C.

Fostering independence and self reliance is an important tenet of a Montessori education. Throughout the 9-year experience at TNSM, children are given many opportunities to explore and practice these life skills. Each year, New School Montessori 6th graders visit Washington D.C., its monuments, museums and sights as they travel by plane and public transportation with teachers and chaperones. Students try new foods, learn to budget their meal and souvenir allowance and enjoy the thrill of our nation’s capital. In preparation for their trip, students presented research projects on the historic sites they’d visit, studied the transportation system and got familiar …

4th and 5th graders explored plate tectonics

Students had a choice of assembling the blue map that was cut into the major tectonic plates, or they could cut apart their own map and glue it onto a sheet. In their lesson last Wednesday, they all learned to dance the “Continental Drift Shuffle.” I imagine some plates collided during that dance and subduction zones were created. Hopefully there were relatively few earthquakes among the dancers.

5th graders use Montessori integer bead bars

5th graders learned that the number line goes both ways – right to the positive and left to the negative. Positive and negative whole numbers (along with zero) are called integers. Students are using the Montessori integer bead bars to add integers and determine if the answer is positive or negative.

Open House on Jan 21

We offer several open houses throughout the school year. We welcome you to attend one of our open houses, and we also encourage you to schedule a personal tour where you can observe classes in session, can join us for lunch and can meet our staff. January 21, 2018        Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. April 22, 2018             Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information or to arrange a personal tour,please contact our Admissions Director, Ceara Comstock 
513-281-7999 We invite you and your child to experience a truly joyous …

Students planned a service project

New School Montessori students in 4th-6th grade elect a student board each term to plan service projects, to come up with new ideas and to propose change. Students who want to be on the board prepare and give a speech to their constituents. This fall’s board wanted to help in some way with disaster relief. Previously, our students have worked with Matthew 25 Ministries sorting clothing, so it was natural to think of them when planning their class’ used clothing drive. Pictured above, you can see student board members passing boxes of clothing to the Matthew 25 representative who will …