No wonder you’re feeling under pressure – 14.7 pounds per square inch – to be exact

As part of their study of weather, students in 4th-6th grade learned that there is 14.7 pounds per square inch of air pushing down on us from the top of our atmosphere to the Earth.   Tate helped demonstrate that air pressure is greater closer to the Earth. Even though the bottle is filled with water, it is the same concept and showed that the stream of water was more forceful at the bottom of the bottle than at the top.   Ava served as teacher Nancy Buchman’s helper to see if they could get those 14.7 pounds to push …

Preparing for the abstract concepts of algebra by using the concrete manipulative of the trinomial cube

Tarini sorted and organized the cube of the trinomial into their different colors before putting it back together! By sorting the colors first, she was able to put it away in an orderly way.   The trinomial cube is an important three-dimensional puzzle that not only challenges preschoolers to find patterns and spatial relationships, but also begins to prepare the child for more abstract concepts of algebra. The blocks’ varied colors and sizes represent the algebraic binomial and trinomial formulas.

Students used their phonemic awareness to sound out words with the Moveable Alphabet and to share interesting facts.

New School Montessori students in our (3-6) program have been doing research with the Maria Montessori’s Moveable Alphabet! Students chose a card from a wide selection of topics that interested them. These topics ranged from important information about a variety of animals to solar system topics. The children then chose a fact from their card to write about using their phonemic awareness to sound out words with the Moveable Alphabet. As you read the interesting animal and solar system facts that our preschoolers wanted to share with you, you may notice that in the Montessori Moveable Alphabet, vowels are blue …

Physical science demonstrations prove important facts about our atmosphere

New School 6th graders watched TNSM teacher Nancy Buchman’s physical science demonstrations dealing with atmosphere.  With 2 balloons balanced on a yard stick, Nancy was able to show the students that our air has mass by seeing what happened to to the once-balanced balloons when one pops. Fire is only possible in the presence of oxygen. Nancy did a demonstration to show students that our air has about 20% oxygen.  When the candle flame within the upside down flask had burned all the oxygen within and extinguished itself, the water in the tray beneath rose to take its place. The …

Using Excel pie charts to showcase data

  Thanh-Tu and Will began their study of weather by choosing from a menu of assignments. They chose to create a pie chart, displaying the elements and their percentages in our atmosphere. Within Excel, there were numerous other choices as they explored the many options they could select for their charts.      

Art and science come together in this fish-print project

As part of the 4th/5th grade zoology studies, students made a stamp of a fish to label the parts. First, they painted the black sea bass, then pressed paper against the fish to make a stamp.  When the paint dried, each student labeled the different parts of the fish.

Elementary artists designed their own berets

New School Montessori elementary art students now “look the part” in their custom-designed, artistic berets. Their art teacher, Robin Hartmann​, led them as they designed and painted their berets to match their own flair.

Understanding the learning and work behind the musical portion of the performances this month

New School Montessori parent and music teacher, Melissa Robinson, collaborated with TNSM dance teacher, Jeanne Speier, this year with multi-aged groupings of (6-9) and (9-12) students in a project-based curriculum that helped students develop skills while also working toward a performance for our community.  (6-9) music Students started the term by exploring the following musical elements: melody, rhythm, and form. They demonstrated an understanding of pitch (high and low) using Orff instruments and boomwhackers. Rhythmic sequences from the musical songs were played on rhythm sticks. Call and response form and AB form were introduced. These concepts were built upon as students …

Teacher Jeanne Speier tells about the (9-12) dance portion of their recent presentation

New School Montessori dance teacher, Jeanne Speier, has been teaching TNSM students for over a decade.  Jeanne’s expertise as a dance teacher includes training with Katherine Dunham, being certified as a Dunham teacher, years of dance study in Bali, and teaching African and Haitian dance. We are grateful to have Jeanne on our staff.    Jeanne’s work with 4th-6th grade students this semester began with a focus on creative movement. Students explored different levels, rhythms, speeds and a basic swing series. They later changed their focus toward learning the graceful arm, head and sway-of-hip movements that are typical of Hawaiian dance. …