“Dem Bones” as an anatomy lesson students won’t soon forget

Sixth grade students at The New School Montessori made their own skeleton costumes and memorized the names of the bones as part of their anatomy lesson. They also made a video of themselves singing the names of the bones in their rendition of “Dem Bones.”  The blue light and glowing masks are a new addition this year and create an added spooky, Halloweeny effect.      

It’s fall!

New School Montessori preprimary students are enjoying the fall season both indoors and out. While outside, in the preprimary woods, they create leaf crowns, collect acorns, climb trees and rake big piles of leaves for jumping. Inside, students study and work with pumpkins in numerous ways. They describe the life cycle and label all the parts and of a pumpkin; they study and wash its surfaces, noting rough and smooth skin; and students love to work on their dexterity and hand-eye coordination by driving golf tees into the pumpkin’s surface. Yes, there is much to enjoy in this exciting fall …

Budding paleontologists enjoy the thrill of researching, digging, finding, chiseling, polishing and presenting.

After the presentation of Montessori’s Second Great Lesson, The Coming of Life, and studying the Timeline of Life, children enjoyed various lessons on fossils. These lessons included: fossil types, fossil identification and matching, a fossil hunt with pictures of fossils from millions of years ago hidden all throughout the classroom. Last week, children had the opportunity to make their own fossil, by layering an assortment of univalve and bivalve shells within plaster of Paris. This week, after the fossils solidified, children got to imagine they were paleontologists, equipped with chisels (aka butter knives), and worked to excavate their fossils. This …

Students take pride in their Ginkgo House lawn

Students in 4th-6th grade feel at home in The New School Montessori’s Ginkgo House and do their part to keep their place tidy inside and nicely raked outside. One of the great things about Montessori teaching is that students share in the responsibilities of ordering their environment. Taking care of their learning materials, keeping their areas neat, and picking up after themselves all help build a sense of community, accountability and organization that serves them in all aspects of their lives. “Through practical exercises…the children develop a true “social feeling,” for they are working in the environment of the community …

What makes you you?

As we came together as a school this fall, New School Montessori (6-9) students took a good look at themselves and created self portraits using string, buttons, markers and construction paper. Students who are in our Sky Class took part in this exercise as well. They shared photos of themselves with phrases that represented things that were important to them. As a class, students and teachers talked about what “makes you you” and how we make decisions all the time about what we say and how we act. Those moment-to-moment decisions contribute to our character. Students shared some of the …

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2014 Alumni Share Future Plans

  Julia Grace Dunn Julia Grace aspires to become a physician scientist, specializing in genetics. In preparation for her eventual MD/PhD program, she will be attending the University of Cincinnati as a medical sciences major in U.C.’s honors program. Throughout Julia Grace’s time at Walnut Hills High School, she has participated in choirs and private voice lessons and has been a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society, which involves performance and volunteering in music-related community events.  She has volunteered at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and has been a member of the Youth Council for Suicide Prevention. Furthermore, Julia Grace has …

Students build a table with Robby

What fun to build a table with Robby — and the students can practice so many skills at the same time. We are lucky to have Robby, New School Montessori preprimary teacher and master carpenter,  design and create cubbies and tables for our classrooms. Students worked with Robby to take measurements of a table he’s already made and will wait until he brings back the necessary pre-cut pieces of wood so they can assemble, glue and screw it together. This is a great opportunity for the children to see and be involved in the process of building an important piece …

Elementary students were inspired by the work of Yayoi Kusama

New School Montessori elementary students created spotted pumpkins and gourds in the style of artist Yayoi Kusama. Their art teacher, Robin Hartmann, told students about Yayoi’s rise to fame, her unique style and how her mental illness affects the way she expresses herself in her art. Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist working in New York City in a wide variety of art forms: performance art, installations, film, poetry, painting, fashion, fiction and more. Since her childhood, Yayoi has struggled with mental illness and hallucinations which have affected and informed her art. When Yayoi was 10, she painted pumpkins as …

Montessori’s “Long Black Strip” lesson gives perspective on humans’ time on Earth

One of the greatest gifts Dr. Maria Montessori has given us is the often-instant discoveries that come from using hands-on learning materials with children.  When a child experiences an “aha” moment — it sticks. Montessori’s Long Black Strip” lesson was designed to give learners perspective on how recently, in Earth’s timeline, humans entered the scene. Dr. Montessori spread 328 yards (3 football fields) of black fabric down a very long street. That expanse of black fabric represented the number of years since Earth’s creation. On the tip of that unspooled fabric was a single colored strip of fabric that represented …

Mandalas for peace

In celebration of the International Day of Peace, observed around the world on Sept 21, New School Montessori (6-9) students created mandalas made from natural elements. Their teacher, Lauren Burke explained the long history of mandalas and how they have spiritual significance in many religions. Mandalas are often used as an aid in meditation, where intense focus on the design patterns can help one find peace and unity within themselves and the Universe.