David Levy from Toastmasters shared public speaking information with 6th graders

David Levy​, a member of Toastmasters and co-creator of Cincinnati’s True Theatre, came to The New School Montessori as a special guest speaker to talk with 6th graders about their Senior Project presentations. He gave the 6th graders advice about how to use their voices and their body language to enhance their speeches. David also used some of the students’ topics in examples demonstrating various public speaking principles. He showed the students the importance of speaking slowly and adding pauses. David stressed that emotions should be synchronized with facial expressions, and he taught the 6th graders to write an effective …

Learning to watch for and anticipate the subtle gifts of nature

Hello Friends, It’s May!  I was standing on the porch during pick up at the end of the day yesterday and Nicholas, a (6-9) student said, “Do you know what’s about to happen soon?”  His eyes widened. “No, tell me.”  His joyful expression piqued my interest. “The honeysuckle is about to bloom.” How easy, I thought, it is to stop watching and eagerly anticipating the subtle gifts of nature that come and go with seasons.  I was grateful for Nicholas’s reminder of all the things we have to look forword to as we ease out of spring into the full …

(6-9) Science Fair

First through 3rd grade students in Catherine and Gina’s classroom presented their science fair projects this week. Students chose a topic to study and present to classmates, teachers and parents. Students studied how salt prevents accidents in the winter, how varying amounts of flour affect a chocolate chip cookie, how a cake rises, the effectiveness of hand-washing methods and more.   Students summarized their research method; stated their hypotheses; listed materials used; designed their experiments using a control when necessary; presented their observations; shared their results in tables, charts and images; and summarized their conclusion and future ideas.   We …

A transformation: Caterpillars become butterflies – Student observers become writers!

New School Montessori (3-6) students are studying caterpillars in their classroom. The students observe as  the fuzzy creatures munch on leaves, turn into chrysalises and eventually emerge as butterflies.   What is equally exciting is that we get to observe the transformation of these preprimary students as they trace sandpaper letters with their fingers, learn letter sounds, study consonant blends and emerge as astute observers who are able to record their observations. What amazing transformations!

Celebrating our community

Hello Friends, The staff got together after school to celebrate our community, our campus, Earth Day and the life of Emilia Lewis. We planted a magnolia tree, some colorful flowers and painted rocks to be placed among them. Inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy and our students’ work based on the artist, we created “nature art” of our own -spelling out TNSM in natural materials found in the elementary woods. It was a celebration of all the lives and natural beauty we are blessed by. Our 4th and 5th graders spent Tuesday through Thursday exploring Cincinnati. They visited Krohn Conservatory, …

Celebrating Amber Neff’s time at TNSM

Amber Neff has been working in the classroom as TNSM’s (9-12) Support Specialist since the beginning of the school year. She has also worked with all of the elementary students in our farming program. Last week, the (9-12) classroom had a surprise baby shower celebration to thank Amber for all that she has done for our community. We look forward to hearing from Amber after the birth of her son in early May!

Senior Projects – May 17

Each year, New School Montessori sixth graders embark on a year-long odyssey, researching a topic of interest to them. They condense their fifteen-page papers into riveting 5-minute oral Power Point presentations. In the span of a pleasant evening you can learn about many interesting topics and characters from history. Our alumni often return to the school to support this year’s 6th graders. They’ve shared that their Senior Project experience prepared them – not only for the rigors of junior high and high school – but for writing, public speaking and the joy of learning they have experienced in their university …

Senior Projects – May 17

Each year, New School Montessori sixth graders embark on a year-long odyssey, researching a topic of interest to them. They condense their fifteen-page papers into riveting 5-minute oral Power Point presentations. In the span of a pleasant evening you can learn about many interesting topics and characters from history. Our alumni often return to the school to support this year’s 6th graders. They’ve shared that their Senior Project experience prepared them – not only for the rigors of junior high and high school – but for writing, public speaking and the joy of learning they have experienced in their university …

“Love many things, for therein lies true strength…”

Last week, New School Montessori students participated in our walkathon.  It was a beautiful day, and everyone (staff, students, parents) joined together to celebrate our community.  Our upper and lower elementary students cheered on our primary children as they did a final lap around our blooming campus.  The new trees we planted over the summer are budding, and all the spring blossoms are brightening up our grounds. Everywhere I turn I see such inspiring examples of discovery and joyful learning.  Pictured here are kindergartners showing a mural of the Great Barrier Reef after having fallen in love with a book …

Pancake Breakfast May 11, 8:30-11:30

For the past few years on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, we’ve enjoyed a hearty breakfast of pancakes, fruit and turkey sausage served by TNSM students. It’s a great opportunity to visit with friends, alumni, neighbors and other TNSM staff and parents while also enjoying a fabulous art show of students’ work. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7/ person or $25/ family.