Don’t forget about the big questions

Dear Friends, In Montessori circles, you will hear the term “Cosmic Education”  used.  In many ways, Cosmic Education lies at the heart of Montessori philosophy.  Its aim is to present a curriculum and learning environment in a way that captures the child’s imagination and reveals the interconnectedness of all things.  Categories, subjects of study, and classifications are  specialized and important ways to think about the world, however, at life’s core, these boundaries are more fluid, blurred and symbiotic.  One of the most profound ways of understanding this is through the old cliche, but astonishing truth, that we are all made …

New School Montessori students develop important skills through making maps

In this age where GPS systems guide us through our turns in life, it is still valuable for us to see where we are in the world and to look ahead to see where we are going. Maps are cool. They help us understand our place in this world. They help give us perspective on the relative size of our neighborhood, our country, our planet, our galaxy in relation to what is around us. Maps help us develop our spatial reasoning skills. National Geographic concluded in a 2013 report on maps and education, “Spatial thinking is arguably one the most …

2015 alumni share future plans

Amelia Dustman Amelia graduated from Seabury Hall in Maui, Hawaii. She continued her study and practice of ballet and contemporary dance with the varsity dance company throughout her four years there. Amelia was involved in student government and spent her summers volunteering at a camp for children with special needs. In the fall, Amelia will be attending The American University of Paris with plans to study history, law and society. She attributes her love of global learning to the lessons taught at The New School Montessori.       Ella Gilbreath Ella graduated from Cincinnati Country Day School and is …

Acts of kindness with a video

Dear Friends, Every day at TNSM, I witness acts of kindness: A Montessori material spills and two or three students quietly join to help with the clean up. A child sits alone and is invited by others to join a game. A student forgets to put his rug away and a friend rolls it up and places it in the basket. Alfred Adler, an early leader in psychology and student of Maria Montessori, said the primary need of every child is to feel a sense of belonging and significance. One way that children learn the significance of their own actions …

Team-building exercises for (9-12) homerooms

TNSM (9-12) teacher Phil Swenson led team-building exercises for all three (9-12) homerooms.  The task for each group was to get to know each other better by working together to solve a problem. In the process, students listened to each others’ ideas, began with a few false starts and ultimately came together, learning from their mistakes and moving forward with a more evolved plan. The goal: To construct a system of paper tunnels to carry a marble from one side of the room to the other where it would ultimately land in victory in a paper cup. Students soon realized …

6th graders led the 1st Great Lesson

New School Montessori sixth graders brushed up on Maria Montessori’s 1st Great Lesson and presented it to the younger students. They talked about their appreciation of the Universe and the beauty of the way the Earth came to be what it is today. They prepared numerous demonstrations and discussed solids, liquids and gases and then demonstrated how magma and was forced upward in a model of a volcano with baking soda and vinegar bubbling and spilling out of the top of the volcano and running down the sides. The younger students appreciated the work of the 6th graders and had …

The New School Montessori Specials

  Hello Friends, What a beautiful end to the week. The weather has been perfect! On Thursday and Friday, our Specials Programs began for our (6-12) year-olds as they cycled through Music, Art, Appreciating Differences, and Spanish. At the New School Montessori, we understand how the arts are integral to cognitive development and self-discovery. Through our Spanish, Music, Art, and Appreciating Differences programs, our teachers promote an understanding of multiple cultures and traditions, help children develop social skills, empathy, creating thinking, self-awareness and cooperation. Our arts programming increases student engagement and cognitive flexibility as well as teaches children both what …

TNSM Staff tell about their summer of 2021

Ann Baumgardner My father-in-law moved from Florida to Lebanon’s Otterbein Senior Living Community, so we’ve been busy helping him get settled. My husband, Erich, and I took a number of camping trips to Ohio and Indiana parks with my sister and her husband and visited with Mom in NE Ohio several times. We bought a 10-year-old, heavily adorned, teardrop camper this spring. My husband is 6′ 3″, so we had to make some adjustments to get him to fit by extending the foot of the sleeping cabin into the kitchen in the back. It’s a bit like a “clown car” …

Have a great (slow) weekend

The first few days of school are a major milestone for your child. It’s a huge one for you, too. I still remember what it was like to drop our oldest son, Jakob, off in the (3-6).  He cried. A lot.  It went against all my parenting instincts to walk away before he had calmed down.  I knew how important it was to show him that I trusted the amazing teachers he was with, by telling him that I loved him and that he was in good hands, but then turn and go.  He was fine 10 minutes later.  I …

Sorting, tracing, scrubbing, exploring and puzzling – and that’s just the first day!

Students in our (3-6) program have begun the year in a flurry of activity. The Montessori works on the shelves provide numerous opportunities for children to develop fine motor strength, a deep understanding of math, various degrees of sorting objects and solving puzzles. Students not only learn countries’ shapes and where they are located on a map, but they also learn about the flora, fauna, exports, customs and culture as well. Each day, children spend a significant amount of time exploring the outdoors, where they learn the practical properties of physics by climbing small trees, running within the preprimary woods …