Pinch me!

Hello Friends, Last week, our teachers were treated to Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee Truck. A group of parents organized this kind gesture of appreciation and it brought a lot of smiles to our staff! In fact, one teacher, who had the day off, specifically came to school for the complimentary coffee and early-morning conversations. A HUGE thank you to the families who made this possible. It means a lot! This past Monday, we had a Professional Development Day for our staff. It is such an important value at The New School Montessori – to continue to grow as educators and community …

Naturally, Nature Nurtures Us

Hello Friends, What a glorious week of weather!  We hope you had plenty of opportunities to be outside, enjoying the perfect balance of bright sun, blue skies, and a little chill in the air. Being outside with your children allows nature to quietly work her magic with helping your child foster independence while also, unconsciously, deepening an awareness of our interconnectedness. A cornerstone to Maria Montessori’s philosophy is how teachers (and adults in general) can get in the way of fostering independence. We (adults) are torn between helping our children become independent while also loving them so fiercely that we …

A life measured in what we have done for others.

This fall’s Harvest Moon Festival was a true delight!  We hope everyone had a great time making new friends and celebrating this remarkable community. A big THANK YOU to Lydia, the Diversity Committee, and all of the volunteers who made it possible! If you have two minutes, enjoy this short video of the evening at Harvest Moon.   I want to recognize our (9-12) students this week.  I have been so impressed with their leadership, acts of kindness, and demonstrations of character.  On Sept. 15 and 16, our (9-12) community went to Camp Ernst to build community, exercise courage, and foster …

Cosmic Education

Hello Friends, I love the change of seasons and the way the children find new ways to interact with nature. Leaves are piled. Pumpkins are carved. Our fresh foods shift to fall produce. Our children play through all of it: adapting, switching from baseballs to snowballs, swapping magic sticks for magic icicles, bicycles for bobsleds. Seasons and children are a reminder that change is constant. Tiny transformations are always in motion. As I watch the seasons change, I think of Maria Montessori’s ideas on what she called Cosmic Education. This philosophy and curriculum creates a path through which children develop …

Looking back on our history in the Mitchell Mansion

As we prepare for our Harvest Moon Festival on Sept 24, and look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, it’s fun to look at our history and to take in the charm of our beautiful Mitchell Mansion. I was recently going through some historical archives and found an early TNSM newsletter that shared the following: The rehabilitation of the New School building is presently underway, a project that combines the careful restoration of the stone exterior with internal changes to some of the rooms to better accommodate the students and teachers.   Originally, the Richard Mitchell Residence was …

Maria Montessori: The Soul of a Child

Hello Friends, Last week, we celebrated Dr. Maria Montessori’s birthday.  I am currently reading a novel based on her life, Maria Montessori: The Soul of a Child. For those of you interested in deepening your understanding of this extraordinary woman, I highly recommend the book. It is an imaginative and compassionate look at this bold, lion-hearted, kind soul. For many of us, reading Montessori books can be a daunting task, getting bogged down with thick lingo and educational theory. This novel, however, uncovers the heart and life story behind the pedagogy in a light and skillful way. If you choose …

Congratulations on a great first week!

Hello Friends, Congratulations to everyone on a great first week! We are all on our own unique journey. Some of us are learning about our community and dropping off children at The New School Montessori for the first time. Others have spent the last eight years with us and are watching their 6th grade child confidently begin their final academic year on our campus. Many of us are somewhere in between. The one thing we have in common is an appreciation for the Montessori method and wanting the absolute best for our children.   I know you have all done …

Nervous-cited

Hello Friends, Several years ago, one of our 6th graders was about to take the stage to present on a topic she had researched over the course of several months to an audience of nearly 100 people.  She was 12, dressed up for the presentation, and about to stand in front of the largest crowd she had ever had to address. She was about to do what statistically is considered one of our greatest fears; public speaking. All of our 6th graders go through this rite of passage called, Senior Project. She looked a little jittery, and I asked how …

Successful Fundraising, Sr. Projects, Looking Ahead to Our Last Week of School

Hello Friends, We had an extraordinary auction and gala last Saturday.  Thank you for attending.  Audrey Cobb provided a spectacular spread of delicious bites, the Renaissance Jazz Band serenaded us from the porch, and it felt SO good to gather together as a community. The generosity of our community was inspiring.  We raised over $90,000.00!!  We have now reached $1.8 million towards our Capital Campaign.  Thank you for your support and trust in our vision toward a better tomorrow!   If you weren’t able to make the event and were still wanting to contribute to the Kaleidoscope Campaign, CLICK HERE. It is hard …

Fostering Metacognition for over 100 years!

Hello Friends, A few weeks ago, I wrote about what a forward-thinking pioneer Maria Montessori was and about how non-Montessori educators talk about how education needs to change in radical ways –and then they always end up describing the Montessori classroom. I was recently reading an article, Fostering Metacognition in Preschool and, yet again, found the author describing the Montessori way (without ever mentioning Montessori)!  Here is an excerpt: “Legitimizing and respecting what children do on a daily basis is an important part of my role as an early childhood educator. For this reason, I base my work on listening, observing, …