The gift of organ donation made real to TNSM 6th graders

New School Montessori 6th graders donned latex gloves and forceps in their classroom as they practiced suturing deep cuts in cadaver pigs’ feet. TNSM parent and physician’s assistant, Jen Garrett, works with U.C.’s liver transplant program and began her lesson by leading a presentation on organ donation and its importance in savings lives. Students had an opportunity to meet and ask questions of a liver transplant recipient who shared his experience. After the lecture, they palpated chicken hearts and livers and learned basic suturing techniques from surgery residents who observed as students practiced closing wounds.  

Offering a multi-sensory approach to learning

New School Montessori teacher Shawn Dougherty interviewed children about their sensorial work. Our modern culture provides many opportunities to learn through sight and sound, but it is crucial to devote time to developing all of our senses. As Aristotle said, “There is nothing in the intellect which was not first in the senses…”    

Shakespeare Club performs “Hamlet”

The New School Montessori offers a variety of inspiring after-school clubs for its students, one being Shakespeare Club. The school’s director, Jeff Groh and (9-12) teacher, Laura Slanker have been leading this club for many years with the children performing 45-minute versions of such works as: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Macbeth and now Hamlet. The New School Montessori’s Shakespeare Club for 4th-6th graders is Cincinnati’s only Shakespeare Touring Ensemble made up entirely of child actors. We are so proud of their work! Click below to see a brief “movie trailer” for the play and to hear …

Enjoy these samples of kindergartners’ inspired and inspiring work

Just as musicians are inspired by each others’ work, borrowing phrases and musical innovations that move them, artists also learn from each others’ techniques and interpretations of nature, light and lines. New School Montessori kindergartners held an art show this spring showcasing their own work that was inspired by Kandinsky, Monet, Picasso, Kahlo, van Gogh, Basquiat, and even the cave paintings of Lascaux. The kindergartners’ teacher, Ryonen Ignatius, guided them in their process which included learning about the life and work of each artist. They visited the Cincinnati Art Museum where they studied brush strokes, the treatment of light and artists’ …

Metric Kingdom

6th graders learned how practical the metric system is, and that the same prefixes are used for measuring length (meter), weight (kilo), or capacity (liter).  This work uses the Montessori place-value colors of green, blue, red to represent the powers of 10 that correspond to milli, centi, deci, deca, hecto, and kilo.  

From the binomial square to the binomial cube…

Having worked extensively with the binomial square, 6th graders are now using the Montessori cubing material to build a binomial cube. Each color corresponds to the bead bar colors they have been using for years.  

“It’s like a carpet made of wild flowers!”

Preprimary students picked and studied wild flowers in their botany class with teacher Colleen Blumer. One student remarked, “It’s like a carpet made of wild flowers!” They learned about roots, shoots, leaves, buds, flowers, fruit and seeds. They read “Log Hotel” to discover how plant matter is broken down by decomposition. They then turned over rotten logs in our woods and met some of the creatures who help in that process!  

Preprimary book shares student work and their memories of it

Teacher Shawn Dougherty shared student work in a book she created. She interviewed the children and recorded their thoughts as they looked back at the photos and told what they remembered. Here are a few pages from the section of the book called, “Care of Classmates.”

Teacher Shawn Dougherty interviewed and documented (3-6) students’ work in a book

New School Montessori children in the (3-6) program have enjoyed seeing themselves, their words and their work documented in a book in the North Room classroom. Teacher Shawn Dougherty created the book for students to read. Click here to see a sample of pages from the first section called, “Care of Self.”