Celebrating the Stars – Meet Orion

New School Montessori students in our (6-9) level have been learning about the creation of our universe. They’re studying the planets, the stars and how Earth was created. They visited the Cincinnati Observatory in Hyde Park and were amazed at the building and its telescopes. The following week, representatives from the observatory visited us at The New School and taught students how stars are clustered in ways that look like objects or people. When you connect the dots, it’s not hard to see how 3 tight stars make up Orion’s belt and the three additional stars pointing downward are part …

Traveling through the Universe

New School Montessori students in our (6-9) program stretched across “TNSM’s blacktop universe,” holding up labeled planets. They worked to keep the same relative distance that exists in space as the distance between their neighbor. Notice the long visual pause as one travels from Saturn to Uranus. Montessori methods are all about physically experiencing the world. Whether children use math manipulatives, conduct a science experiment, or learn to write by tracing sandpaper letters, these moments are remembered and internalized. TNSM’s blacktop has been there as the backdrop for many important jaw-dropping moments of awareness. In addition to our solar system, …

New School Montessori students develop important skills through making maps

In this age where GPS systems guide us through our turns in life, it is still valuable for us to see where we are in the world and to look ahead to see where we are going. Maps are cool. They help us understand our place in this world. They help give us perspective on the relative size of our neighborhood, our country, our planet, our galaxy in relation to what is around us. Maps help us develop our spatial reasoning skills. National Geographic concluded in a 2013 report on maps and education, “Spatial thinking is arguably one the most …

2015 alumni share future plans

Amelia Dustman Amelia graduated from Seabury Hall in Maui, Hawaii. She continued her study and practice of ballet and contemporary dance with the varsity dance company throughout her four years there. Amelia was involved in student government and spent her summers volunteering at a camp for children with special needs. In the fall, Amelia will be attending The American University of Paris with plans to study history, law and society. She attributes her love of global learning to the lessons taught at The New School Montessori.       Ella Gilbreath Ella graduated from Cincinnati Country Day School and is …

Team-building exercises for (9-12) homerooms

TNSM (9-12) teacher Phil Swenson led team-building exercises for all three (9-12) homerooms.  The task for each group was to get to know each other better by working together to solve a problem. In the process, students listened to each others’ ideas, began with a few false starts and ultimately came together, learning from their mistakes and moving forward with a more evolved plan. The goal: To construct a system of paper tunnels to carry a marble from one side of the room to the other where it would ultimately land in victory in a paper cup. Students soon realized …

6th graders led the 1st Great Lesson

New School Montessori sixth graders brushed up on Maria Montessori’s 1st Great Lesson and presented it to the younger students. They talked about their appreciation of the Universe and the beauty of the way the Earth came to be what it is today. They prepared numerous demonstrations and discussed solids, liquids and gases and then demonstrated how magma and was forced upward in a model of a volcano with baking soda and vinegar bubbling and spilling out of the top of the volcano and running down the sides. The younger students appreciated the work of the 6th graders and had …

TNSM Staff tell about their summer of 2021

Ann Baumgardner My father-in-law moved from Florida to Lebanon’s Otterbein Senior Living Community, so we’ve been busy helping him get settled. My husband, Erich, and I took a number of camping trips to Ohio and Indiana parks with my sister and her husband and visited with Mom in NE Ohio several times. We bought a 10-year-old, heavily adorned, teardrop camper this spring. My husband is 6′ 3″, so we had to make some adjustments to get him to fit by extending the foot of the sleeping cabin into the kitchen in the back. It’s a bit like a “clown car” …

Sorting, tracing, scrubbing, exploring and puzzling – and that’s just the first day!

Students in our (3-6) program have begun the year in a flurry of activity. The Montessori works on the shelves provide numerous opportunities for children to develop fine motor strength, a deep understanding of math, various degrees of sorting objects and solving puzzles. Students not only learn countries’ shapes and where they are located on a map, but they also learn about the flora, fauna, exports, customs and culture as well. Each day, children spend a significant amount of time exploring the outdoors, where they learn the practical properties of physics by climbing small trees, running within the preprimary woods …

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Senior Project Presentations 2021

New School Montessori 6th graders presented their senior projects to their classmates during school and then again over Zoom to the broader community of parents, relatives, alumni and friends. These presentations are the culminating moment of a year’s worth of research. Each 6th grader takes a deep dive into a topic of their choosing, learns how to cite sources, organize information, write a 3-chapter draft, edit, rewrite, repeat, until it is just right.  Then they condense the information into a 5-minute powerpoint presentation. Students rehearse how to stand confidently in front of their peers and strangers, speak clearly, and present …

Students learn an important skill – saving a life

New School Montessori 6th graders have been learning and practicing an important life skill. Through the American Heart Association’s program for schools, our sixth graders practiced chest compressions on their individual mannequins to the beat of a song by the BeeGees called, “Staying Alive.” The rhythm of the song matches the frequency with which the hands-only CPR compressions are delivered. All the 6th graders agree that learning CPR was an excellent practical life skill.