Non-nappers built a neighborhood together that had something for everyone!

Mr. Rogers is famous for his neighborhood and the non-nappers have built another wonderfully inclusive and inviting neighborhood of their own. After studying about their own identity, and what makes each of us unique, the students talked about different kinds of families, homes and what makes a community. The children then worked together to build schools, a “Rescue-People Hospital,” different types of homes, “rainbow people,” a playground “where grandmas can play on the swings,” and enough “lollipops for all the world to lick.” Won’t you be our neighbor?  

Cuh – Ah – Tuh. CAT

Something happened two days ago.  I’ve read about how it happens.  I have told concerned parents that it happens, and not to worry.  I have seen it happen in other children.  I know the steps to make it happen.  Nevertheless, it was still a moment of magic and emotion when it happened to me. My daughter, Lena (3), and I were watching a late night soccer practice for my son Jakob(5).  It was past 7:00 pm and due to a kitchen remodel at our house that makes cooking feel more like competing in an obstacle course, we decided to eat …

Harvest Moon 2018

What a great turn out we had for Harvest Moon this year! Alumni, current families, friends and staff gathered to enjoy the lovely evening and amazing food.A big thank you to all who pitched in to help with the event and who brought such delicious food to share. Also thanks to TNSM alumni student David and his friend for entertaining us with juggling and to Kristen Kreft and her singing partner Beth Harris of The Perfect Children for providing the music. And of course a thank you to Narvis, a TNSM first grader, on the tambourine! See the video below …

Students take time to enjoy the outdoors

New School Montessori students have been enjoying these beautiful fall days during their daily 1-hour recess time. They hang out in trees, build huts out of limbs and branches saved over the years for that purpose, play basketball, four-square, soccer and visit while walking laps around the parking lot.  

Students get to know each other better

In 4th grade language arts, the students picked out three special items that would fit in a small lunch bag to help us all get to know each other better. They wrote a letter explaining the importance of each item. Items included photos of family and pets, favorite rocks and shells, Legos, miniature drumsticks, and even a hug. Everyone enjoyed learning a bit about each other.

Homophones, homographs and homonyms

TNSM 4th grader Milo was eager to work on an extension that is offered to students who are caught up on their work. Milo chose to lay out and record Long I Homophone work. Homophones are words that sound alike, but are spelled differently and have different meanings like new and knew. After homophone work comes homonyms (same word but different meanings like the words bank and bank) and homographs (same word but pronounced differently like bow and bow).   We can’t wait for you to “present” your work to your teachers as a little  “present” to yourself for all …

World peace begins with children

Maria Montessori believed that the effort to achieve world peace should begin with the children. “By taking the child into consideration, we touch something common to all humanity. We cannot achieve world harmony simply by attempting to unite all these adult people who are so different, but we can achieve it if we begin with the child who is not born with national and racial prejudices.”  (Standing, 1984) The pre-primary non-nappers are working on building positive identities about themselves while also showing respect for others’ differences. Some of the works they’ve completed so far include: Celebrating their names Mixing paint …

TNSM’s Preprimary and Elementary Woods look great with new mulch and no weeds!

The New School Montessori’s “farming gardens” and woods are both nicely weeded and blanketed in mulch. We are so grateful to the over 30 adults and children who came to help. Both the Preprimary and Elementary Woods look great with their new mulch and no weeds! Here are some photos from Saturday’s adventure. Thanks so much for all your help!    

Students in Ex-Day share their work

New School Montessori students in elementary extended day were so proud of their amazing marble creation that they left it standing for a few days. The marble-delivery structure had 2 entry points where marbles could enter the maze. It was extra fun to predict where the marbles might meet up on their journey downward.