Making the activities of home life and school tasks work together for the education of the child

Hello Friends, We hope everyone had an opportunity to meet teachers over the last couple of days as we work toward “…establishment of harmony, between the work and activities of home life and school tasks, making both work together for the education of the child.” (Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method). As my wife, Raphaela, and I sat in on our 2nd and 4th grade conferences, we were delighted (although not surprised) to hear how well the teachers know our children. We have seen, over our 7 years, how the Montessori philosophy and expertise of the teachers have allowed our children …

Can you guess who these characters are?

TNSM celebrates Halloween in a unique way; we dress up as characters from history or literature and have each other guess who we are as clues are gradually revealed to the classroom audience. We also have the 6th graders perform their D’em Bones song on the Mansion Porch steps, naming everything from mandible through metatarsals. Parents help us celebrate during recess by providing snacks and games before it all begins. We enjoyed seeing the students’ and teachers’ creative costuming and wanted to give you a chance to guess who these characters might be. Can you guess who these folks are? …

Learning About Diwali and Dia de Muertos

We are so grateful to our New School Montessori families for teaching us about various celebrations around the world. This week, students in (3-6) and (6-9) learned about Diwali, which is a 5-day festival of lights, and enjoyed some favorite treats shared from India. Children listened to the presentation, learned about the names of the clothes worn and asked questions about the bindi that Shital wore on her forehead. The red dot used to be worn to show that a woman was married. Today many wear a bindi as a sign of a blessing, keeping one centered. .      …

Using the Montessori Decimal Board

Our 5th graders are working on adding and subtracting decimals using the Montessori Decimal Board.  This board is made up of 13 columns with an extra dark line at the point where a decimal point would be, dividing whole numbers from the fractional numerical units of tenths, hundredths and so on. Throughout various Montessori math works, green signifies units, blue is tens and red signifies hundreds.  In this work, the fractional columns to the right are the pastel version of the colors used for the whole numbers. If students were to add (1 and 7/10) + (2 and 4/10), they …

Geography work includes map making and more

New School Montessori (3-6) students are working on map-making skills and the study of various countries. Their current focus is North America,  studying the animals, plants, flags and locations of the US, Mexico, Cuba and Canada on the map. Soon students will be learning about the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and how her experiences in life shaped her work.  

6th Graders Study the Human Body from Micro to Macro

New School Montessori 6th grade students have been learning all about the human body since they began at The New School as 3-year-olds. Each year, more detail is added and students gain a more complete understanding of how the organs, bones and soft tissue work together to make this amazing “vehicle” we live in.  This year, art and science teacher, Emily Olexsey, made study of the cell an art project. That mass of white yarn you see there simulates the endoplasmic reticulum, providing a platform for protein synthesis and lipid production. The piece that looks like Chex cereal is a …

Staff Summer Summary

  Ann Baumgardner Watermelon, peaches, blueberries! Who needs Paris when you have such amazing fruits in season?  My husband Erich and I picked and processed many pounds of blueberries and peaches for our basement freezer. In addition to my foray into fruit, I spent a week with Mom in her retirement community in NE Ohio where I played piano duets, pickle ball and card games with Mom and her neighbors and friends. My husband and I celebrated our 35th anniversary with our daughter and son-in-law in Indy for a weekend, and we went to a late-summer Reds game. I took …

First Day of School at TNSM

This house feels like a home again! It is such a joy to have our campus filled with smiles, laughter, and learning. And there are such wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen with chicken curry bubbling on the stove! Our New School Montessori Chef, Audrey Cobb, is busy preparing many different choices of vegetarian side dishes and includes a main course vegetarian option as well as a fish or poultry option. We believe that the education of the whole child is carried through to nutrition. To that end, we empower our children with the understanding of how food fuels our …

Challenges of living in community

This article is written by Hope Miller, TNSM parent and member of the Diversity and Community and Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. I waited to write this post until after the Auction and Gala so that I could say something pithy about community. In waiting, something else happened: another mass shooting in America. On Saturday afternoon, May 14—while many …

Students identify rocks and minerals

New School Montessori (9-12) students are studying and identifying rocks and minerals. They went from station to station, working through a series of  questions to determine the identity of a rock or mineral sample. Students can test mineral properties for hardness using the Mohs hardness scale, streak, cleavage, magnetism, luster and even electrical conductivity. You can determine if rocks have a reaction to acid and whether they float or are transparent, translucent or opaque.  .