Students get to know each other better

In 4th grade language arts, the students picked out three special items that would fit in a small lunch bag to help us all get to know each other better. They wrote a letter explaining the importance of each item. Items included photos of family and pets, favorite rocks and shells, Legos, miniature drumsticks, and even a hug. Everyone enjoyed learning a bit about each other.

Homophones, homographs and homonyms

TNSM 4th grader Milo was eager to work on an extension that is offered to students who are caught up on their work. Milo chose to lay out and record Long I Homophone work. Homophones are words that sound alike, but are spelled differently and have different meanings like new and knew. After homophone work comes homonyms (same word but different meanings like the words bank and bank) and homographs (same word but pronounced differently like bow and bow).   We can’t wait for you to “present” your work to your teachers as a little  “present” to yourself for all …

World peace begins with children

Maria Montessori believed that the effort to achieve world peace should begin with the children. “By taking the child into consideration, we touch something common to all humanity. We cannot achieve world harmony simply by attempting to unite all these adult people who are so different, but we can achieve it if we begin with the child who is not born with national and racial prejudices.”  (Standing, 1984) The pre-primary non-nappers are working on building positive identities about themselves while also showing respect for others’ differences. Some of the works they’ve completed so far include: Celebrating their names Mixing paint …

Shhhh. Listen.

“The Child has other powers than ours, and the creation he achieves is no small one; it is everything.” – Maria Montessori I have been thinking about communication this week.  From the moment we are born, we begin calling out to each other.  This deep need to be heard, to be understood, to express ourselves seems to be ingrained in us from day one. We find it so important that we record our children’s first words, celebrate when they connect two words together, and are in awe of their first full sentence. By the age of 3, children have absorbed …

TNSM’s Preprimary and Elementary Woods look great with new mulch and no weeds!

The New School Montessori’s “farming gardens” and woods are both nicely weeded and blanketed in mulch. We are so grateful to the over 30 adults and children who came to help. Both the Preprimary and Elementary Woods look great with their new mulch and no weeds! Here are some photos from Saturday’s adventure. Thanks so much for all your help!    

Understanding the importance of play

Hello Friends, “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein In a recent Psychology Today article, play was described to have five categories: Play is self-chosen and self directed, Play is an activity in which means are more valued than ends, Play is guided by mental rules, Play is non-literal, imaginative, marked off in some way from reality, and Play involves an active, alert, but non-stressed frame of mind. Reading through these characteristics, I couldn’t help but to see the comparisons between play and a Montessori classroom. Our Montessori environments are set up to encourage “self-directed learners.” We place value …

Students in Ex-Day share their work

New School Montessori students in elementary extended day were so proud of their amazing marble creation that they left it standing for a few days. The marble-delivery structure had 2 entry points where marbles could enter the maze. It was extra fun to predict where the marbles might meet up on their journey downward.

Preprimary students work together to create a unique piece

Preprimary art teacher, Ryonen Ignatius, presented an art project where each student created a slice of the overall work. Students were told to complete their section using crayons and water colors. They learned that the wax of the crayons provided a protective layer over that section of their paper and prevented the water color pigments from being absorbed. After the work dried, Ryonen trimmed and organized each piece to create the overall look the students were looking for.

Students learn about potential and kinetic energy

This year in physical science, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will spend the year learning about energy.  For their first lesson, they learned about potential energy  (which is stored energy) and kinetic energy (which is moving energy).  Students learned more about these energy types by matching up energy terms with real-life examples.

The 5 Great Lessons

Hello Friends, Some of you may or may not have heard of what Montessorians refer to as the 5 Great Lessons.  These lessons are a unique part of any Montessori curriculum.  They are typically presented in a (6-9) environment although you will see them at the (3-6) and (9-12) levels from time to time. The idea behind the 5 Great Lessons is to awaken the child’s imagination about the universe and the remarkable roles humans have played in it.  The lessons are titled, The Coming of the Universe and Earth, The Coming of Life, The Coming of Human  Beings, The Coming …