Students showed an extreme interest in learning about budgeting

New School Montessori (6-9) teacher Catherine Bollmann loves those moments when her younger students ask her to modify a work so that they may take part in it too. This was the case when Catherine designed a 3rd-level math lesson on budgeting.  The work was filled with word problems all centering on planning for a child’s own birthday extravaganza at the Four Brothers Theme Park with a certain amount of imaginary money. Each exciting opportunity (admission to the park, tickets for rides, purchases for friends at the restaurant and souvenir shop) involved multiplication, addition and subtraction. And at the top …

A well-placed comma is a beautiful thing

Fourth graders are rockin’ their grammar work in their study of the comma. Jesse is laying out a work that shows commas being used with interrupters and with direct address.

Students in 4th-6th grade are ending their geology unit by testing minerals.

Anna and Abbia are using Mohs scale of hardness which ranks the hardness of minerals from 1-10. They used their finger nail, a copper penny, a steel nail, and a knife to see which minerals they could scratch. Will is using the streak test by first predicting what color streak the mineral would make on the streak plate, and then recording the actual color.

Students create custom works of art from donated furniture

Elementary students are creating works of art from donated furniture. Their mosaic cat table will join other custom works and will go to the highest bidder at our fundraising auction on March 17. Be sure to buy your tickets early. Seating is limited! Click to make an online donation of money or items. Click to donate a community party or to share an idea for one. Click to personally be a sponsor of the auction or to donate a business sponsorship.

With the Montessori bank game comes a concrete understanding of the value of numbers

Liam has been working with the Montessori bank exercise. It works in much the same way as a customer and teller transaction.   The teacher hands Liam a wooden nameplate “check” with the numerical value painted on it as 2,000. Liam then brings back 2 large bead blocks of 1,000 each and says, “Here are 2 thousands.” They then move on to different quantities of numbers in the hundreds, tens, and units to compose a four digit number with its corresponding number of beads.   You can see this part of the work on the rug closest to Liam. Each …