Juicing to birding, it’s all in a day’s work

From juicing to birding. New School Montessori preprimary students recycled orange rinds left over from juicing to create natural bird feeders to hang in the trees of the preprimary woods.

Studying the history of language and early forms of communication

Texting, posting, chatting, and phone calls: these are all modern methods of communication available to us now. Over the centuries, humans have developed numerous ways to communicate their ideas. Whether it be through written, spoken or sign language, dance, art or drama, human have a need to express themselves and leave a mark. New School Montessori students in 1st through 3rd grade learned about early human beings and the methods of communication available to them at that time in history. By looking at cave paintings found in the French Lascaux Caves, students imagined what people from that time would have …

I am…

Students took an opportunity to look at themselves in a different way. One, by writing lines of poetry and the other, by creating silhouettes of themselves. Both of these exercises allowed them a view of themselves that they don’t normally see. Writing poetry is often a great way to gain understanding of who we are inside. Teachers asked 5th graders to take that dive to see what these poetry starter phrases might reveal. Students also created a bit of self art by shining a light on the wall where a friend traced their profile onto black construction paper, creating amazingly …

Spring planting of radishes and lettuce in flats

Believe it or not spring is coming, and who knows this better than the gardeners in our lives! Pictured here, you can see students preparing lettuce and radish seeds in trays for a head start this spring. They will keep their containers moist, periodically rotating them in the sunny windows before planting them in March.

3-minute talks with (6-9) students

Three minutes is a long time when you are a first through 3rd grader sharing a research topic! All of our (6-9) students stood in front of their classmates, sharing 3-minute presentations on cats, sports, vacations and other interesting topics. Teachers discussed various public-speaking tips and suggested that students create visual aids and use note card with research facts to guide their discussions. The student audiences were very responsive to their speakers, asking questions and giving lots of encouraging applause.

Using the tens board to create numerals that match the number of beads

As with other Montessori math materials, students are introduced to concepts with each step taught in isolation. Once the initial concept is understood, additional elements are added one at a time until the child has a well-practiced-built-from-the-ground-up understanding. This work begins with the child using the bead bars to count by tens. Next, numerals are added to match. (10, 20, 30…) Then “ones” are added and the child composes unique numerals and quantities with tens and ones. The final step is when the child can read back the numerals to a teacher.

Whitney McCrary’s chemistry demonstration was a hit!

Whitney McCrary is a PhD chemist and a New School Montessori parent. Whitney volunteered to speak with Casey Rodriguez’ (9-12) physical science students about her background, schooling and what chemistry jobs could look like. After answering career questions, Whitney discussed chemical reactions and formulas and introduced her “elephant toothpaste”experiment which caused an exciting exothermic reaction when hydrogen peroxide was mixed with yeast. The students loved asking Whitney about some of the potential dangers and fun of chemistry!  

Chefs-for-a-day, Charlotte and Mary Frances, plan a winning lunch!

Chefs-for-a-day, Charlotte and Mary Frances, joined Chef Audrey in planning a winning lunch for their fellow students. The girls received cheers and pats on the back from grateful friends who were thrilled to have pancakes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream along with cheesy-scrambled eggs, oatmeal, all kinds of fruit, salads galore, and veggie and turkey sausage. Great job chefs!

Winter Strings Concert 2019

TNSM’s Advanced Strings students showcase a practice session before their winter concert. With our full orchestra (35 members), we nearly have a packed house already as it is made up of 40% of TNSM’s current 2nd-6th graders, some alumni middle schoolers and a staff member. Please join us in celebrating the music of TNSM’s orchestra. We are thrilled to have Melissa Robinson, former NKU director of strings and TNSM parent, leading our orchestra program as she challenges and engages the children in their music.