School House Symphony visited TNSM’s preprimary classroom

Children had a close up view as the beautiful sounds of musicians’ instruments blended together in song. The students heard each instrument alone, learning about the properties and sounds of each.  We thank School House Symphony for bringing their program to our school.  

Mysteries of the fossil record explained by U.C. professor Krista Smilek

Students in (6-9) were treated to a geology presentation by University of Cincinnati professor Krista Smilek. Professor Smilek focused on fossils which can be found in sedimentary rock. Those were the types of rocks created when layers of sediment composed of sand, silt, dead animals, leaves, plants and shells were trapped within in the layers. Cincinnati is famous for the plethora of fossils found here. During the Ordovician Period, the area where we now live was located on the Southern Hemisphere and was under water. That is why we have so many aquatic plants and animals in our fossil record.

Students created cardboard relief sculptures of what they were thankful for

Elementary students created cardboard relief sculptures, sharing some of what they are thankful for. Students were thankful for a wide variety of things including: friends, dogs, soccer, penguins, trees, eyes, books, hands, oceans, imagination, movies, spiders, music, food and more.  

Preprimary students learned about organs, bones and their proper placement

New School Montessori preprimary students have been studying the human body. They began with extensive study of the bones, learning name and placement of the tibia, fibula, pelvis, clavicle, teeth and skull. The students enjoyed bending their bodies and representing those movements with Q-tips. They also traced their bodies and cut and pasted the spinal cord and organs such as brain, heart, lungs, esophagus, stomach, intestines and spleen onto their paper bodies.

5th graders help with salad preparation

We offer a Food and Sustainability program that marries cooking and farming skills so that children make the connection between farm, food and table. In addition, students are taught to make nutritional choices each day, learning various protein sources available for lunch that day as well as fruit and vegetable options they can choose from. These 5th graders spent some time prepping greens and veggies for fresh salads. These students have gained a hard-won appreciation for all that is required to prepare healthy food for healthy eating.


In physical science, students in 4th-6th grade continued their studies of elements by building models of different molecules and compounds. Students built models of hydrogen peroxide, water, aspirin, acetone and various others.            

(6-9) students explore Cincinnati Nature Center

New School Montessori students in (6-9) visited Cincinnati Nature Center and explored the outdoor playscape with its wooden pillars, for hopping, stone hiding places and cabin-making areas.  They then they broke into 4 different groups, taking different paths to find as many items as they could for their scavenger hunt. Students gathered leaves for making leaf rubbings, using a crayon on paper to capture the raised veins and edges of the leaf underneath. They collected rocks for their upcoming study of geology with New School mom and geologist, Elizabeth Daniel. Students found all different types of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary …

Sewing pillows

New School preprimary students have been having a grand time creating stuffed pillows. Their process includes pinning fabric squares together for sewing later using the sewing machine. Ceara brought in plenty of fluffy stuffing to make the pillows extra soft. A little bit of hand sewing and the project is completed and ready for snuggling.   . 

Periodic Table Pumpkins

New School Montessori students in (9-12) decorated pumpkins with elements from the periodic table. They then placed all of the “periodic pumpkins” on the blacktop to recreate the periodic table outside.

Muffin embellishment – the new way to practice writing skills

Preprimary students trace sandpaper letters, spell words with the moveable alphabet and write with pencils, markers and crayons.   In Extended-Day, however, students enjoyed a new medium. They piped whipped cream initials on top of Chef Audrey’s freshly-baked banana muffins. We are grateful for teacher Colleen’s quick photo because Galt’s “G” did not last long.