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.

Students used data from seismograph centers to locate the epicenter of an earthquake

As part of their study of earthquakes, sixth-grade students learned how to locate the epicenter of an earthquake by triangulation.  They used the difference between the P and S waves to calculate distance, and then used that information to draw the circumference around 3 different cities. They located the epicenter by seeing where all three circumferences intersected.  When an earthquake strikes, various seismograph centers around the country record the earthquake’s waves. Scientists use this data to learn how far away an earthquake is, but in order to find the direction, they must compare readings from three different seismograph stations.  

(6-9) teachers offered a community bowling party

For many years, teachers of students in (6-9) have offered a community bowling party on a Saturday for their students. The bowling party is just one of over 20 community parties created for students, families and adults for our school’s annual auction.  Students and teachers alike had a great time bowling in the crazy blue light.

Next steps at TNSM

We host a “Next Step” meeting each year that is designed to provide information for parents with children who will be transitioning into a new level at The New School Montessori. This year, we created a video, demonstrating some of the Montessori materials students will be using in their new classrooms. It is an exciting time, both socially and academically, for students taking their next step in the 9-year process here at TNSM.

Kindergartners are inspired by Picasso and The Story of Ferdinand the Bull

Kindergartners read The Story of Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf and studied Picasso and his fascination with bulls. They looked at pictures of Picasso’s bulls made with bicycle parts and other bull paintings by the famous Spaniard. The kindergartners made their Picasso- and Ferdinand the Bull-inspired sculptures and painted them by mixing 4 tempera colors into their own unique palette of pigments. They also made tissue paper flowers because Ferdinand was always so fond of flowers.

Students donated to a Montessori school in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

New School Montessori students and families brought in candy after Halloween to share with those in the US military. A local dentist offers to ship the sweets abroad to those serving our country each year and also gives candy donors cash per pound of candy donated.   Teacher Nancy Buchman and her dentist were both overwhelmed by the amount of candy donated by our families; they didn’t have a scale large enough to weigh the treats, so they did some estimating. We earned $65 that our students contributed to The Virgin Islands Montessori School in St. Thomas USVI. Like TNSM, …

4th graders learn various ways to improve their writing skills

New School Montessori 4th graders spent the first part of the year writing personal narratives. After choosing an interesting recent event, they learned how to write an attention-getting introductory paragraph, a detailed body, and to conclude with a memorable ending. They “dressed up” their writing by adding descriptive adjectives, ~ly adverbs, and quotes to their story. Stop in to read their stories that are hanging in the Annex.

Gearing up for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The after-school Shakespeare Club welcomed 3 actors from Cincinnati’s Shakespeare Company to lead a workshop for them. The actors prepared activities to help student practice getting into character for their spring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They “workshopped” being rude mechanicals, fairies and Athenians. The students also have been doing table reads of different parts, trying to find which character types fit them best. After the winter break, the group will start settling in to their roles and will make final decisions on whether to go with a more modern or Shakespearean version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this spring.

Audrey’s recipes for vegetarian loaf and turkey meatloaf

Chef Audrey Cobb is sharing the vegetarian and turkey meatloaf recipes she and Ryonen Ignatius used in making lunch for us today. It was an amazing spread which also included: smashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, green salad, and a wild rice and sweet potato salad. Audrey provided recipes below for both the vegetarian loaf and the turkey meatloaf.