Slime, Snakes and Multiplication

First Graders explored polymers by making slime in physical science as part of Spooky Science Week. Charles practiced his addition math facts with the Snake Game materials. Quinn visually recognized patterns and relationships between numbers as the 3rd graders began their in-depth study of multiplication. [fbphotos id=530827460336463]

Celebrating Halloween TNSM Style

The elementary children celebrated Halloween by having student director, Maya, lead them in a pancake breakfast. Later, the students made spooky crafts and played “Halloweeny”games where students raced to Transylvania to gather spidery treasures from a Feeley Meeley box.   The 6th graders sang their rendition of “Dem Bones” on the porch steps. Their femurs were connected to their patellas (instead of a leg bone to a knee bone).  We all received a fabulous anatomy lesson.   The elementary students dressed up as famous historical and literary characters. Parents,students and staff had a lot of fun guessing who they were. …

Living Montessori

In an effort to always find new ways to support a greater understanding of Montessori education, I encourage everyone to take a look at this new video presented by the American Montessori Society.  Click the video below to learn more. posted by Eric Dustman

Bringing dance, singing games and storytelling to music class

Music teacher Andrea Rosenthal Warnken recently attended a workshop given by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. The guest clinicians were Peter and Mary Amidon who focused on traditional community dances and singing games. They also shared how storytelling and folktales can augment the music curriculum. Andrea immediately put some of these activities into her lesson plans. Ask your younger students about their experience in music class with sleeping bunnies and riding ponies. Older students have enjoyed Irish community dances. In the video below, 5th grade students practiced using Orff instruments combined with moments of singing. The …

Dem Bones – Anatomy and Music

In the Montessori curriculum, the nine-year cycle involves a spiraling curriculum. This means that each year, concepts are introduced and revisited throughout the students’ studies with new depth. The nine-year cycle builds on what children already know and naturally challenges them to continue asking more detailed questions. In life sciences, this begins in the 3-6 classroom with children classifying what they see as living and non-living. Their learning continues each year in greater detailed exploration of biomes and the five kingdoms and culminates with the sixth grade study of human biology. In October, our seniors continue one of the longest …

Camping at Robby’s – Community Auction Party

Last weekend was one of several community camping parties teacher Robby Lewis offered as part of our annual auction fundraiser. Thanks to photographers Jen Garrett and Ellen Monson for sharing highlights from their adventure – and to Robby for hosting! [fbphotos id=523121487773727]

Lunch Is Served

Like other school days, I had the pleasure of spending lunch with the 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds. What a joy.  It is truly a remarkable thing to see. Since our beginning, TNSM has always prided itself on providing healthy, nutritious foods to the children and staff daily in order to feed the body.  What most people don’t know however, is that the food we prepare serves a much greater purpose than just necessary sustenance. Our food provides opportunity.  While sharing the community plate, children and staff grow, they strengthen their relationships, they laugh together, they enjoy one another’s company, …

Pulse of the Playground

Most Fridays we post a video of TNSM children’s reactions to a question. This week, the “Pulse of the Playground” centers around what children want to do when they grow up. Click the play button or this link to hear what they had to say. [gravityform id=”3″ name=”annual_giving_donation_form” title=”false” ajax=”true”]

Elementary Field Trip to NKU

What fun TNSM students had as they uncovered some of the secrets of science on their field trip to NKU’s Chem. Lab, Planetarium and Natural Science Center. Great photos Tracy Clancy! Thanks for sharing those.   [fbphotos id=519285431490666]