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.    

Preprimary students enjoyed School House Symphony’s visit to TNSM

School House Symphony came to TNSM to share information about their instruments and to play music for preprimary students. The children heard signature pieces showcasing each instrument. For the clarinet – the cat melody from Peter and the Wolf was played. To help students hear what the French horn sounded like, the children listened to Todd (the French horn player) play a version of a “A Whole New World” from the movie, Aladdin.  

Finding alignment, balance and mindfulness through yoga

Amy Ramberg is a New School Montessori parent and after-school club teacher. This year Amy is leading 4 different weekly yoga classes to preprimary and elementary students. Yoga has been part of New School life for many years, but it has been part of American life for over 120 years. During that time, Americans have added their own flare to some of the more traditional poses. To add asymmetrical balance challenges to downward dog, the one-legged downward-facing dog was invented. See this photo with Amy and her students giving it a go.

Students shared some of the many things they were thankful for

TNSM parent Eric Brouwer shared some of his photos from our recent Thanksgiving celebration. Students from1st – 6th grade gave creative presentations and displayed artwork around the room showing some of the many things they were thankful for.

New School Montessori kindergartners get in touch with their cave dweller roots

Kindergartners got in touch with their historic ancestors as they created cave paintings on the walls of TNSM’s cellar art room. The children were inspired by the cave paintings of Lascaux, using similar subject matter and even mixing their own pigments using a limited color palette. It’s fun to walk through their display in the dim glow of an iphone, pretending to be the first to discover these masterpieces.

Jace becomes TNSM’s director for a day on Dec 15

Ready yourselves for a leadership change as Jeff Groh passes his director’s cap to TNSM 3rd grader Jace. The two met this week to discuss some of Jace’s directorship goals for the last day of school before winter break. They will be in touch as plans firm up so students will know what to expect. As Jace left the office he declared to Jeff, “That was a great first meet!”

Colleen Blumer gave preprimary students a lesson on fruits and seeds

Preprimary students learned about fruits and seeds. First they took a nature walk through our campus, gathering pinecones, leaves and puffy seeds that floated on the wind. They brought their finds into the classroom where teacher, Colleen Blumer, gave a botany lesson about fruits and seeds. With the lesson over, some nibbled on fruit samples, many created interesting 3-D shapes with cranberries and toothpicks, some made crafts with their found objects and others chased seed clouds that they blew across the room.