6th graders in Washington, D.C.

Each year, TNSM 6th graders prepare for a 5-day field trip to Washington, D.C. They present research projects on the historic sites they’ll visit, study the transportation system and get familiar with maps. Teachers and parent chaperones are always with the children, but as much as possible, allow the students to find the best route to the next attraction.  

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.

Explaining Montessori in 5 minutes or less

I wanted to make this article by Aubrey Hargis available to our community. It is a very good introduction to what the Montessori method is about. Use this as a guide when explaining your child’s experience at The New School Montessori to grandparents, neighbors and friends. As the only Montessori school in the Cincinnati area that has been accredited by the American Montessori Society, you can feel confident in the educational path you have chosen for your child.

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 …

6th graders meet with recent alumni to ask questions

New School Montessori 6th graders explored what life after The New School is like over pizza with TNSM alumni who graduate in May of 2017. It was interesting to hear from the graduates and to learn how smooth their transitions have been to the 7th grade programs at Walnut Hills, Wyoming, Seven Hills and more.

Students use “choice time” to work on projects of their own choosing

Students in (6-9) level earn choice time after their assignments are complete. They can select a project from each subject area, or can propose other ways to show what they’ve been learning. Henry is a second grader who enjoys learning about the solar system. He used his choice time during his workday to create this artistic poster of the solar system to share with the rest of the class!    

Fifth graders studying geology

Students are studying geology for the first half of the year in physical science. Fifth graders Anna and Abbia are laying out a work that shows that the Earth slowly cooled, formed a crust, and then volcanos let the earth release gasses and steam.

Understanding the importance of exploration

Hello, Friends. As Montessori educators or staff working within a Montessori culture, we understand the importance of exploration. As teachers, we have been trained to set up our environments in a way that encourages discovery through exploration. Our role is to prepare, prepare, prepare, and “then follow the child.”  In Catherine McTamaney’s book, A Delicate Task: Teaching and Learning on a Montessori Pathway, she shares that a teacher’s role is not, “to direct the exploration, but rather to carry the equipment and check the supplies. Our work is to scout, to observe, to inform, but ultimately to follow the child. …