Arts and craft supplies were donated to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center

For their winter community service project, the students in Nancy Buchman’s homeroom organized a collection of arts and crafts supplies.  The supplies were donated to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center for patients to use during their stay in the hospital.  Thanks to all the Ginkgo House students and families who contributed to this project!

School House Symphony visited TNSM (3-6) students

New School Montessori preprimary students greeted School House Symphony musicians with lots of enthusiasm during their performance and explanation of musical-instrument families, including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Musicians introduced their instruments, telling a bit about the vibrating elements that produce sound. Students were instructed to put their hands to their throats while singing a quick verse of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to feel the vibration of their vocal cords as they produced sound in their own vocal instrument.  

Alumni Updates Winter 2019

We’re so excited that 5 New School Montessori alumni students will perform in the WHHS production of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Valentine’s weekend. Be sure to congratulate Owen Cummings (2016), Brando Donaldson (2016), Jack Giglia (2015), Colby James (2015) and Talia Raider-Roth (2014) when you see them. Click to see the website with ticket information.   Petra van Nuis (an alumna of TNSM) graduated from SCPA and CCM and has a singing career based in Chicago. She is returning to Cincinnati for a special Cincinnati CD release party at Caffe Vivace on Monday, February 25 and will be joined by Chicago …

Alumni student Alex Burte (‘06) has come back to TNSM to offer an after-school fencing club this spring.

Alex Burte came to The New School Montessori last week to introduce elementary students to the sport of fencing. In addition to the physical challenges, requiring balance, speed, strength and grace, Alex explained that fencing also requires strategic acumen and has been described as “chess at 100 miles an hour.” In fencing (as in chess) opponents make moves, block moves and redirect attacks to different locations. Alex has been competing in fencing competitions for years. In high school, he competed on the national circuit in North American Cups and the Junior Olympics. He received offers for athletic scholarships at multiple schools, …

100 cans for CAIN

New School Montessori (6-9) students from Sophia and Jean’s classroom celebrated their 100th day in school by challenging themselves to collect 100 cans to donate to CAIN in Northside. These 1st through 3rd graders have been counting Montessori beads since they were 3, so they were quite adept at organizing their work into units of 5 to track their progress. And the result? They surpassed their goal, contributing 139 cans to those in need.   Dr. Maria Montessori would be very proud!  .      

Kindergartners learn to marble paper

Ryonen Ignatius introduced her (3-6) art students to a technique they used with paper and acrylic paint called marbling. Students looked at samples of marbling on the colorful edges of old books and in beautifully marbled paper created by masters.   This marbling effect is similar to suminagashi which means “floating ink” where artists drop ink into water and create patterns by blowing across the surface. Confectioners also use a marbling-type technique when they drag a toothpick from one color of icing into another. The students enjoyed learning the process and: mixed the liquid starch with alum to provide a …

Farmers aren’t the only ones who appreciate seeds!

Elementary farming teacher, Amber Neff, worked with the elementary students to remember our feathered friends and their winter challenge of finding food. Students created bird feeders using glue guns and left-over plastic containers. They also used net from potato and mandarin orange bags to create seed/suet feeders to hang in the trees. Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.

Kindergartners took learning about penguins into their own hands.

There are 26 different kinds of penguins. Kindergartners in the North Room each chose a penguin type to learn about and to paint. The children made a life-size painting of their penguin and wrote a few sentences about their penguin’s unique properties. You can see their Yellow-eyed, Little, Emperor, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Royal penguins hanging out in the hallway off the kitchen. They’re so lifelike, it’s easy to imagine them begging for food scraps from Chef Audrey when no one is looking.  

Birding skills honed

Blue jays, robins, cardinals, chickadees. Preprimary students have become avid birdwatchers and budding ornithologists as they focus their binoculars on birds visiting the Preprimary Woods. While indoors, students study bird songs and bird nests, marveling at the savviness  of these creatures and their nest-building skills.  Students showcase a bit of their own resourcefulness as they repurpose orange-rind cups as receptacles to be filled with birdseed to be strung in the trees along with garland-threaded popcorn and dried cranberries. The children have been learning a lot about birds – even creating a sequencing work that shows a bird’s life cycle. They …