The Ginkgo House is buzzing with electricity!

New School Montessori students in 4th-6th grade are learning to build circuits using conductors (wires), a driving force (batteries), and the load (light). They have built both parallel and series circuits and have discovered first hand what happens when one of the lights is removed from the circuit. This is a timely experiment as many notice this problem at home while setting up holiday lights if one bulb is burned out or has become loose.  

Everyone loved Mika’s “Chef-for-a-day” selections for lunch

Mika was our “Chef for a Day” last week and selected a terrific menu for our school’s lunch. We had nachos with black beans, seasoned turkey, tricolored chips, 3 salsas and queso. Fresh avocados and guacamole were served along with cilantro, diced onions, 2 cheeses, lettuce, taco sauce, sour cream and more. Ex-Day students were please that Mika remembered them in her planning and they had banana bread as their afternoon snack.

Students made their own applesauce

Preprimary students in the West Room enjoyed a mini Thanksgiving, making applesauce together on a camping stove. Each student chopped one or two apples to add to the pot. (Some of the kindergarten friends decided to peel their apples before chopping.) The mixture was seasoned with honey and cinnamon. Students gathered in a circle with their handwoven placemats as they sampled their warm applesauce.  

Classrooms chose different ways to express their gratitude and to explore various Thanksgiving topics.

New School Montessori elementary students gave their Thanksgiving presentations this morning, teaching us about the history of succotash and how the Native Americans shared their food and planting practices with Pilgrims. We learned how different countries celebrate their harvest season and discovered what our students are thankful for. Some expressed gratitude in song, while others recited a poem with students popping up within the crowd (standing on chairs) as they delivered their lines. The whole program was very impactful and ended with Chef Audrey and her assistant, Jonathan, offering slices of homemade pumpkin pie to the audience.   We are …

Zay takes pride in doing his part to keep his classroom clean

The 9-12 students in the Ginkgo House all work together to keep their classroom clean. Early in the year, students filled out a job application if they wanted a specific job. Students help spray and wipe tables, water plants, clean boards, make sure all laptops were plugged in, etc. Zay filled out his application to be the Ginkgo House’s official window cleaner because he said he likes things to be squeaky clean. Zay takes his job seriously, and his classmates and teachers have loved looking out their clean windows all day.

Students experience the attractive force of static electricity

Static cling can be a powerful force. Students in physical science learned just what static electricity can do. Ajani, one of our inquisitive scientists, used wool and a balloon to create a static electricity charge. He demonstrated that the extra electrons in the balloon were attracted to the neutrally charged stream of water. By placing the balloon nearer and nearer to the water, Ajani was able to get the water to actually bend toward the balloon. Using a plastic pen and wool. Thanh-Nhã became a snake charmer, using static electricity to get the white-coiled-tissue-paper snake to rise up – almost like …

Strings students gave a recital in College Hill

This past weekend, New School Montessori strings teacher, Melissa Robinson, had a recital at Red Rose Gems Pizzeria in College Hill. It was an open mic-type event with students taking the stage one at a time, while the audience enjoyed a delicious meal. Melissa reported that everyone had a lot of fun and that the kids did a really great job! Here are a few photos from the event.

Students planted seeds, looking ahead to what butterflies will need this spring

New School Montessori parent Carrie Driehaus came earlier this fall to show her butterflies and to talk with students about her backyard garden and the choices she has made in selecting plantings that are both beautiful and vital to the various stages of a butterfly’s lifecycle. The kids loved learning about monarchs and helped Carrie prepare and plant their preprimary garden this fall to give these plants a head start. These varieties of seeds can grow strong roots, remain dormant during the winter and be ready to go as soon as temperatures warm up! Students weeded and used care to plant …