Patterning activities to accommodate different learning styles and interests

Concepts are presented in many different ways to accommodate the different interests and learning styles of children. In addition, this work develops hand coordination as the soft and colorful elastic loops are placed on the appropriate finger. Earlier this year, students studied birds and used a different patterning material where the child created a bird with beak color, wing color and tail feathers to match the picture of the bird on the card. Click this link to see the post about that work.  

Montessori’s higher purpose to open a new way of life for the child

Hello Friends, Marta Donahue, a dear friend and colleague, recently published an article in Montessori Life titled, “Montessori’s Plan for the More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.” It is a thoughtful piece that asks Montessorians to pause and face the question of how we think we are doing as we prepare children for these fascinating and confusing times.   Donahue writes, “All methods, materials and lessons are meaningless unless we learn to capture the spirit of the work that opens the door of possibility.”  There is a difference between learning the steps of a dance and feeling the joyful …

Elementary art teacher, Robin Hartmann, appeared in an international fiber arts magazine

New School Montessori elementary art teacher, Robin Hartmann, shared her experience of using art to heal with the editors of the fiber arts magazine Hand/Eye. The article was called, “Instrumental Healing: Surviving Cancer Through Art.” The article begins with Robin telling about her love of art at an early age and having the support of her family to follow her dreams. Robin completed her art training at Pratt Institute and began creating costumes for Broadway shows and Saturday Night Live. From there, Robin created Muppets for the TV show and movies, and she eventually moved to Cincinnati to work on …

TNSM to create a Montessori kitchen

Hello Friends, The auction was amazing!!!  When The New School Montessori community comes together, great things happen. The Sleepy Bee and Aster team were absolutely phenomenal! The food was delicious (Thank you, Frannie), the space was beautiful, DJ Lani Love put us in good spirits, and the Stagnaro family, the Rambergs, and Mary Hanley were kind enough to donate wine and beer.   The evening was full of positive energy created by a community of people who love TNSM. Alumni families, staff members from the 1970s, current staff and families, and alumni students came together to celebrate the past, present …

Preprimary children practice Dr. Montessori’s exercises in grace and courtesy

Grace and courtesy lessons help create a culture of respect for self, for others and for the environment. Preprimary children have a high need for order in their lives. They grow more comfortable in an environment when they learn their place in that environment and take responsibility for their role as a member of that social structure. Montessori curriculum helps give children the vocabulary they need while also providing step-by-step instructions for the children to practice. As a result, children are more aware of the needs of an environment and the needs of others and they have the skills to …

Preprimary students are processing what they’ve learned about artist Yayoi Kusama

New School Montessori preprimary students have been learning about the work and style of Yayoi Kusama and her iconic polka dots in the Obliteration Room. As you can read from this student’s language work spread out on her cloth mat, she wanted to process what she’d heard about this fascinating artist writing, “The Obliteration Room has lots of dots. The Obliteration Room is a room filled with dots. Yayoi Kusama is an artist. She is from Japan.” Below, you can learn more about the artist and see what the Obliteration Room looked like before visitors were invited to place colored …

Auction’s Raise the Paddle Project: The Kitchen

Next Saturday, on March 16th, TNSM will be hosting its auction at the Sleepy Bee and Aster downtown.  The most important thing for you to know about this event is that you don’t want to miss it!  CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS. When you have great people, amazing food, a fantastic venue,  an L.A. DJ, while supporting a school that LOVES your children, you have a recipe for a joyous occasion! Speaking of recipe’s, you might remember that in my last email I mentioned we had some great news to share regarding our Raise the Paddle Project: The Kitchen.  The New School Montessori has …

Students study many aspects of African culture, geography and animal life

New School Montessori preprimary students have begun their study of Africa. They are making flags of various countries in the continent and are learning about some of the crops harvested there like plantains, passion fruit, mango, eggplant, sugar cane and papaya. Students have been learning about some of the ways babies are carried in other cultures and will even be balancing a few items in a basket on their heads. Various African habitats have been studied and children have practiced classifying animals by their habitat: rainforest, desert or grasslands.

Students get a hands-on experience to explore a pig’s heart

First, second and third grade students in Sophia and Jean’s class have been studying the circulatory system. Sophia brought in a pig’s heart from the butcher shop so that students could observe a heart that is very similar to their own. Students were thrilled to be able to touch and probe the various vessels and chambers of the heart. The large vessels were also quite impressive! Just as students had learned in class, they noticed that the upper chambers (atria) of the heart were smaller and not as muscular as the lower chambers (ventricles). Students understood that the heart’s ventricles …

Students learn about various properties of light

In physical science, 4th-6th grade students explored various demonstrations to learn how light is reflected or refracted as it hits objects. Students used a mirror to reverse an image, got to see how light reflects at the same angle that it goes in, and they even tried to make their own rainbow. Next week students will look at how light interacts when it passes through different lenses.