(6-9) students explore Cincinnati Nature Center

New School Montessori students in (6-9) visited Cincinnati Nature Center and explored the outdoor playscape with its wooden pillars, for hopping, stone hiding places and cabin-making areas.  They then they broke into 4 different groups, taking different paths to find as many items as they could for their scavenger hunt. Students gathered leaves for making leaf rubbings, using a crayon on paper to capture the raised veins and edges of the leaf underneath. They collected rocks for their upcoming study of geology with New School mom and geologist, Elizabeth Daniel. Students found all different types of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary …

A Beautiful Thing

Hello Friends,   I am currently at the ISACS (Independent Schools of Associated Central States) convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  A couple of thousand educators have congregated to discuss what the future holds for education.  It is a thrilling dialogue for many reasons, however, it is particularly gratifying due to the fact that whenever I hear what needs to be done, it sounds a lot like Montessori!   There are a lot of conversations around how to promote student buy-in with curriculum development  (self-directed learning), how to foster peer-to-peer mentoring (multi-aged classrooms), how to leverage the connection between the hand and …

Sewing pillows

New School preprimary students have been having a grand time creating stuffed pillows. Their process includes pinning fabric squares together for sewing later using the sewing machine. Ceara brought in plenty of fluffy stuffing to make the pillows extra soft. A little bit of hand sewing and the project is completed and ready for snuggling.   . 

Periodic Table Pumpkins

New School Montessori students in (9-12) decorated pumpkins with elements from the periodic table. They then placed all of the “periodic pumpkins” on the blacktop to recreate the periodic table outside.

Muffin embellishment – the new way to practice writing skills

Preprimary students trace sandpaper letters, spell words with the moveable alphabet and write with pencils, markers and crayons.   In Extended-Day, however, students enjoyed a new medium. They piped whipped cream initials on top of Chef Audrey’s freshly-baked banana muffins. We are grateful for teacher Colleen’s quick photo because Galt’s “G” did not last long.

Carrie Driehaus shared important learnings about the plight of bees and what we can do to help

Local farmer and New School Montessori parent, Carrie Driehaus, has been sharing what she’s learned about bees with our students at all levels. Preprimary students learned about how honey is made, the life cycle of a bee and the work of bees both in and outside of the hive. Students tasted honey, held a waxy honeycomb and observed bees at work inside Carrie’s traveling Plexiglas-covered hive. The elementary students focused on challenges facing bees and other pollinators in our modern world and what they can do to help. The effects of pesticides and unseasonal weather are interfering with important navigational …

Fun, fun, fun!

Preprimary teacher Colleen Blumer likes to present her students with hands-on opportunities in nature.  In the case of carving this pumpkin, it was not only a hands-on experience, but also a hands-in experience!  These kindergartners enjoyed surgically removing the innards of the pumpkin and extracting each and every slippery seed.  The end goal was not only creating a Halloween jack-o’-lantern, but to rinse and soak the seeds for crisping up later in the oven.  Fun, fun fun!  

It’s complicated

Hello Friends,   Last week I had the privilege to visit Washington, D.C. with our 6th graders.  It is a fantastic city to introduce our students to the importance of compromise and cautious judgments.  Everywhere there is a reminder that human nature is a fickle thing, but we are stumbling toward our better selves. Our students could not walk through the city without wrestling with how discouraging and inspiring our country is.  We would come across an assembly of free speech whose message we might vehemently disagree with while also being deeply grateful that they are allowed to do it. …

It’s complicated!

Hello Friends,   Last week I had the privilege to visit Washington, D.C. with our 6th graders.  It is a fantastic city to introduce our students to the importance of compromise and cautious judgments.  Everywhere there is a reminder that human nature is a fickle thing, but we are stumbling toward our better selves. Our students could not walk through the city without wrestling with how discouraging and inspiring our country is.  We would come across an assembly of free speech whose message we might vehemently disagree with while also being deeply grateful that they are allowed to do it. …

It’s complicated!

Hello Friends,   Last week I had the privilege to visit Washington, D.C. with our 6th graders.  It is a fantastic city to introduce our students to the importance of compromise and cautious judgments.  Everywhere there is a reminder that human nature is a fickle thing, but we are stumbling toward our better selves. Our students could not walk through the city without wrestling with how discouraging and inspiring our country is.  We would come across an assembly of free speech whose message we might vehemently disagree with while also being deeply grateful that they are allowed to do it. …