(6-9) Science Fair

First through 3rd grade students in Catherine and Gina’s classroom presented their science fair projects this week. Students chose a topic to study and present to classmates, teachers and parents. Students studied how salt prevents accidents in the winter, how varying amounts of flour affect a chocolate chip cookie, how a cake rises, the effectiveness of hand-washing methods and more.   Students summarized their research method; stated their hypotheses; listed materials used; designed their experiments using a control when necessary; presented their observations; shared their results in tables, charts and images; and summarized their conclusion and future ideas.   We …

A transformation: Caterpillars become butterflies – Student observers become writers!

New School Montessori (3-6) students are studying caterpillars in their classroom. The students observe as  the fuzzy creatures munch on leaves, turn into chrysalises and eventually emerge as butterflies.   What is equally exciting is that we get to observe the transformation of these preprimary students as they trace sandpaper letters with their fingers, learn letter sounds, study consonant blends and emerge as astute observers who are able to record their observations. What amazing transformations!

Celebrating Amber Neff’s time at TNSM

Amber Neff has been working in the classroom as TNSM’s (9-12) Support Specialist since the beginning of the school year. She has also worked with all of the elementary students in our farming program. Last week, the (9-12) classroom had a surprise baby shower celebration to thank Amber for all that she has done for our community. We look forward to hearing from Amber after the birth of her son in early May!

Students study various properties of sound

For the students’ unit on sound, they poured different amounts of water in cylinders to see how the amount of liquid affected the pitch.   To feel the vibrations created by sound, each student made a kazoo from a plastic straw. Students also experimented with sound by talking into a can connected to another by a string. When the string was taut, the sound vibrated across the string and carried the sound to a waiting ear.   One can make a noise with a moistened finger drawn around the rim of a glass because the vibrations of the glass are …

The Great Barrier Reef’s Fan Club

The kindergartners made and labeled a mural of the Great Barrier Reef after falling in love with a book they read about it. Their teachers marveled at the details the students remembered and drew for the mural.   .    .   

Students create works inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s creations

New School Montessori elementary art teacher, Robin Hartmann, introduced her students to the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy. Andy creates art from found objects in nature, and Robin’s students designed their own interpretations using objects from nature found in our Elementary Woods.

Students study simple machines

For the rest of the school year, students in 4th-6th grade will focus on simple machines in their physical science lessons with teacher Nancy Buchman. Students began their study by sorting pictures of everyday objects into the 6 different categories of simple machines. Lever Wheel and axle Pulley Inclined plane Wedge Screw

Shakespeare Club performed Romeo and Juliet

Throughout the week, New School Montessori 4th, 5th and 6th graders performed a 25-minute version of William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” for numerous audiences. Since September, these student actors have been studying and practicing in their after-school Shakespeare club. They have worked with their club leaders, Jeff Groh and Laura Slanker, and have also dug deep into their characters by exploring the story with visiting actors from The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. After one of the students’ performances, Ken and Carol Adelman (grandparents of 3 TNSM students) discussed the play with New School elementary children. Ken and Carol lead a …

Students learn about inclined planes

New School Montessori students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade studied inclined planes with teacher Nancy Buchman. An inclined plane is inclined at an angle to the horizontal. That angle of incline can be measured and loads or weights can be recorded and pulled up the incline with a measurable force. One can also note how the angle of the incline and friction play a part in the forces required to transport items up or down an incline.  

A Montessori Kitchen

Our Food Philosophy 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 bodies and teach them to make healthy choices for themselves.  We provide a hot, nutritious, varied and sugar-free meal every day.  We recognize the connections between plate, planet, people and culture and know that the love and thought put into the preparation of our food is experienced by students and staff. This summer, we are renovating our school’s kitchen. In addition to updating the appliances, hood and kitchen surfaces, we …