Our Chef, Audrey Cobb, sure makes good homemade soup!

The New School Montessori provides a homemade lunch that is included as part of tuition. Each day, children and staff choose from numerous fresh-cooked main and side dishes. Chef Audrey Cobb specializes in vegetarian cooking and always has vegan and vegetarian options.   On a cold day like today, nothing is better than a bowl of Audrey’s hot soup. Mika had fun finding her name in the alphabet soup. We don’t have a recipe yet for Audrey’s alphabet soup, but click here to try her squash soup.

Independence comes through struggle – Know it as an educator…learning it as a parent

This winter break provided an opportunity of growth for our family.  I have been a Montessori educator and leader for over 15 years and yet what I am discovering as a relatively new parent (Jakob 5, Lena 3) is that theory and advice are easy; experience is hard. The primary goal of Montessori education is independence.  Just Google “Montessori Independence” and the Maria Montessori quotes will come flying.   “The child seeks for independence by means of work; an independence of body and mind.”   “Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life.”   …

Preprimary students created an un-meltable snowman

The non nappers worked very hard as a team to build a snowman from papier-mâché. Everyone had the chance to have a role in the project, and teachers Nadja Nether and Colleen Blumer reported in unison, “It was so much fun!”

Kindergartners’ fertile minds are growing…

Preprimary teacher Colleen Blumer took our kindergartners on an adventure in botany and art with a recent project. The class learned about germination, shoots and roots, and created works of art using white string for roots and green construction paper as shoots.. A number of weeks ago, students planted seeds in clear plastic cups. Colleen asked each student to create a goofy-faced pose to represent what they might be feeling if actual green grass were growing from their heads. They then planted their faces on the outside of a cup and watched their grassy hair grow. It’s fun to see their creative poses.

Catherine Pray-Bollmann and Crystal Dahlmeier then and now

Many years ago, when Catherine Pray-Bollman was just 4 years old, her teacher at the Xavier Lab School was Crystal Dahlmeier. Today, Catherine is a (6-9) teacher at The New School Montessori and Crystal volunteers in The New School’s preprimary program. (Crystal actually works with Catherine’s 4-year-old daughter in TNSM’s South Room).   It’s obvious that nothing has changed over the years as these 2 women continue to be just as passionate about Montessori education as they were back then!

Gratitude, Setting Expectations, and a Nice Box of Paperclips

Hello Friends,   2018 is coming to a close and it is impossible to fully express the gratitude I have for you and our community.  Our students have grown so much!  They have pushed themselves in their academics, navigated new social-emotional landscapes, grown more resilient, and discovered again and again that the world is wide, wild, and wonderful.   The TNSM staff wish you a nourishing winter break.  Thank you for the gifts you have brought into the world; your children.  Each one of them carries a bright mysterious hope within them.  We are honored to be a part of …

Just how big is a dinosaur?

We know dinosaurs were big, but just how big were they? In order to imagine the relative size of these ancient beasts against something students are familiar with, New School Montessori kindergartners bundled up  and took to the parking lot to measure and imagine what some of these creatures from the past might look like parked next to our beloved Mitchell Mansion. Each student picked a different dinosaur, measured twine that equaled the length of the animal and then spread out to unroll their length of rope. If you squint, you can see Kalkin in the background as he was …

A Montessori masterpiece

William and Zain created a mixed media masterpiece using different Montessori materials. The combination included the pink tower, the binomial cube and the cube of the trinomial. The boys were so excited when they placed the last pink cube on top of their creation – and it didn’t fall over – that they started dancing. Another Montessori masterpiece!

Open House on January 27

Cincinnati School Healthy Lunch Food

We offer several open houses throughout the school year. We welcome you to attend one of our open houses, and we also encourage you to schedule a personal tour where you can observe classes in session, can join us for lunch and can meet our staff. January 27, 2019        Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. April 28, 2019              Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. For more information or to arrange a personal tour, please contact our Admissions Director, Ceara Comstock 
513-281-7999 We invite you and your child to experience a truly joyous and nurturing environment at Cincinnati’s only American Montessori Society …

Students learned about the importance of recycling and then practiced the art of paper making

Kara Luggen from Keep Cincinnati Beautiful gave a presentation on the importance of recycling to Jean and Sophia’s (6-9) classroom. Kara’s visit was timely, as the students had been learning about trees and how our forests create oxygen for the planet. Recycling is important. The resources we harvest should not be buried after one use but should be used and reused to their full potential.  Kara shared that nearly half of the trash in our landfills is recyclable. We can do better. Paper is one of the easiest materials to recycle and can go through the process many times while …