Dancing with Julie

Get a good workout and be ready to dance with TNSM dance teacher, Julie Sunderland. She’ll work your abs by pantomime-climbing a rope and will encourage you to pick a shape and an energy to express once the music starts. Click here to view Julie’s instructional video.    

New School Montessori elementary art teacher, Robin Hartmann, gives a brief lesson in the video below encouraging  students to make their own binoculars from empty toilet paper rolls. Once finished, Robin suggests that students use their newly-made binoculars to focus their attention on something they see outside and to draw a picture of it.        

Shared Art Activities

TNSM Art teacher, Robin Hartmann, wanted to share some art projects she received from another art teacher. There are plenty of activities to keep a person busy.   Click here for a pdf with links to lots of helpful activities.    

Beth Canarie’s Backyard Wildlife Hunt

The New School’s Food and Sustainability Teacher, Beth Canarie, has invited all of us to go on a special wildlife hunt. It may surprise you to know how many creatures are in your very own backyard. Many of them are small, so you’ll need to take a very close look. When you walk outside in your backyard today, look carefully between the leaves or grass or between rocks and bricks. Also take a long look at the trees and bushes. What animals do you notice? See it you can find some of these wildlife critters: spider dragonfly ant butterfly caterpillar …

How to Create an Indoor Herb Garden

Here is a great activity suggestion from TNSM’s Food and Sustainability Teacher, Beth Canarie. Not only are herbs fun to plant, nurture and watch grow, but they are also a yummy addition to almost any meal or salad! To make a garden of herbs inside your home, this is what you will need: Several pots with drainage holes A saucer to place under the pots Potting Mix Parsley seeds, fennel seeds, basil seeds, or whatever herb seeds you might like to grow. Fill your pot with soil, leaving room at the top. Take your seeds and sprinkle them across the …

Photos from our community: Working from home

These are some of this week’s photos sent by our Montessori community who are working throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area in their home environments. Keep up the good work, families! You will see: nests created from a nature-walk assignment, cooking at home, working with siblings, practicing using money and even proof of a new lost tooth!

A first lesson in shoe tying

Ann Baumgardner teaches the first element of learning to tie shoes: the “criss-cross double ross.” Coming soon will be lesson 2 and then even a 3rd lesson where you’ll learn a trick to keep round and leather laces tied all day – and it’s not a double knot! Stay tuned.

Teacher Beth Canarie gives some ideas of outdoor spring activities

Hello, what better way to celebrate spring than to take a walk in your yard or a park, practicing social distancing. Begin by noticing the changes in the color of the grass. Notice the beautiful buds appearing on the trees.  Some are white, pink, green and yellow. Notice the bulbs sprouting in the gardens. What flowers do you see? Notice the curly worms are starting to show themselves. Smell the fresh air. What colors do you see in the sky? If there is a puddle of water like in my backyard – go jump in it! The birds are singing …

TNSM’s COVID-19 Response

This Director’s Update is intended to change periodically and grow as we learn more about what we can do to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and as we share more videos, lessons from teachers and updates from our community. PLEASE CLICK HERE to be directed to the google doc where we keep adding new information We have a clickable table of contents so you can easily see what’s new and what things you want to learn more about.