Important Days in Your Life

Hello Friends, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain Every time we start a new school year, I am reminded of Twain’s quote above.  One reason for this is that as a member of the TNSM staff, we get to collaboratively celebrate the second-most-important day of our lives – why we are here.  We have decided to help others, to teach and learn from children, and to joyfully participate in their lives. The other reason I am reminded of the quote is because your …

Time to lift others up and to lie in a field of grass

Hello Friends, “I remember a shadow on a cave wall that looked like a girl swinging.” One our 6th graders shared that sentence during his graduation speech the last day of school this year. It showed up, out of context, between your usual thank-you’s to teachers and friends. “ I would like to thank Nancy for helping me with algebra this year…” “…Laura for guiding me through my Senior Project.” “Emily made science a lot of fun.” ” I have made a lot of great friends here at The New School and hope that we will stay in touch….”  “On …

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 …

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, …

“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 …

Montessori’s higher purpose to open a new way of life for the child

Hello Friends, Marta Donahue, a dear friend and colleague, recently published an article in Montessori Life titled, “Montessori’s Plan for the More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.” It is a thoughtful piece that asks Montessorians to pause and face the question of how we think we are doing as we prepare children for these fascinating and confusing times.   Donahue writes, “All methods, materials and lessons are meaningless unless we learn to capture the spirit of the work that opens the door of possibility.”  There is a difference between learning the steps of a dance and feeling the joyful …

TNSM to create a Montessori kitchen

Hello Friends, The auction was amazing!!!  When The New School Montessori community comes together, great things happen. The Sleepy Bee and Aster team were absolutely phenomenal! The food was delicious (Thank you, Frannie), the space was beautiful, DJ Lani Love put us in good spirits, and the Stagnaro family, the Rambergs, and Mary Hanley were kind enough to donate wine and beer.   The evening was full of positive energy created by a community of people who love TNSM. Alumni families, staff members from the 1970s, current staff and families, and alumni students came together to celebrate the past, present …

Life grows or shrinks

Hello Friends, Our (6-9) students recently demonstrated their talents in strings, dance and music.  It was a joy to watch how they showed up in ways that fully expressed their individuality and commitment to being a member of a community.   It reminded me of conversations I’d had with parents who were touring our school, seeing a Montessori environment for the first time.  Some of them had heard about a common misconception that Montessori environments do not emphasize the arts. This false impression stems from the fact that Montessori schools approach art in the same way they approach the their …

Head of School, Jeff Groh, is interviewed in this month’s edition of Cincinnati Parent

New School Montessori director, Jeff Groh, spoke with a reporter from Cincinnati Parent magazine about some of the tenets of Montessori education. Jeff related the importance of the classroom space and described how children learn abstract ideas through the use of concrete materials. Jeff also introduced the benefits of multi-age classrooms and described ways a Montessori education prepares children for the challenges of working in our modern world. Click to read Cincinnati Parent’s February article about Montessori education.

Remembering Mary Oliver

Hello Friends,   Last year during our 6th grade graduation ceremony I read a poem by Mary Oliver that ends, “tell me what you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” They all kind of giggled. I understood. It’s a big question. Especially for a group of super excited 12 year-olds all dressed up in ties and dresses wondering when they can meet up afterward for ice cream, unaware they are even participating in a life that is finite, wild and precious. But I couldn’t resist. It was impossible to look at them and not be filled …