Cosmic Education

Hello Friends, I love the change of seasons and the way the children find new ways to interact with nature. Leaves are piled. Pumpkins are carved. Our fresh foods shift to fall produce. Our children play through all of it: adapting, switching from baseballs to snowballs, swapping magic sticks for magic icicles, bicycles for bobsleds. Seasons and children are a reminder that change is constant. Tiny transformations are always in motion. As I watch the seasons change, I think of Maria Montessori’s ideas on what she called Cosmic Education. This philosophy and curriculum creates a path through which children develop …

Looking back on our history in the Mitchell Mansion

As we prepare for our Harvest Moon Festival on Sept 24, and look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, it’s fun to look at our history and to take in the charm of our beautiful Mitchell Mansion. I was recently going through some historical archives and found an early TNSM newsletter that shared the following: The rehabilitation of the New School building is presently underway, a project that combines the careful restoration of the stone exterior with internal changes to some of the rooms to better accommodate the students and teachers.   Originally, the Richard Mitchell Residence was …

Maria Montessori: The Soul of a Child

Hello Friends, Last week, we celebrated Dr. Maria Montessori’s birthday.  I am currently reading a novel based on her life, Maria Montessori: The Soul of a Child. For those of you interested in deepening your understanding of this extraordinary woman, I highly recommend the book. It is an imaginative and compassionate look at this bold, lion-hearted, kind soul. For many of us, reading Montessori books can be a daunting task, getting bogged down with thick lingo and educational theory. This novel, however, uncovers the heart and life story behind the pedagogy in a light and skillful way. If you choose …

Congratulations on a great first week!

Hello Friends, Congratulations to everyone on a great first week! We are all on our own unique journey. Some of us are learning about our community and dropping off children at The New School Montessori for the first time. Others have spent the last eight years with us and are watching their 6th grade child confidently begin their final academic year on our campus. Many of us are somewhere in between. The one thing we have in common is an appreciation for the Montessori method and wanting the absolute best for our children.   I know you have all done …

Staff Summer Summary

  Ann Baumgardner Watermelon, peaches, blueberries! Who needs Paris when you have such amazing fruits in season?  My husband Erich and I picked and processed many pounds of blueberries and peaches for our basement freezer. In addition to my foray into fruit, I spent a week with Mom in her retirement community in NE Ohio where I played piano duets, pickle ball and card games with Mom and her neighbors and friends. My husband and I celebrated our 35th anniversary with our daughter and son-in-law in Indy for a weekend, and we went to a late-summer Reds game. I took …

First Day of School at TNSM

This house feels like a home again! It is such a joy to have our campus filled with smiles, laughter, and learning. And there are such wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen with chicken curry bubbling on the stove! Our New School Montessori Chef, Audrey Cobb, is busy preparing many different choices of vegetarian side dishes and includes a main course vegetarian option as well as a fish or poultry option. We believe that the education of the whole child is carried through to nutrition. To that end, we empower our children with the understanding of how food fuels our …

Nervous-cited

Hello Friends, Several years ago, one of our 6th graders was about to take the stage to present on a topic she had researched over the course of several months to an audience of nearly 100 people.  She was 12, dressed up for the presentation, and about to stand in front of the largest crowd she had ever had to address. She was about to do what statistically is considered one of our greatest fears; public speaking. All of our 6th graders go through this rite of passage called, Senior Project. She looked a little jittery, and I asked how …

Challenges of living in community

This article is written by Hope Miller, TNSM parent and member of the Diversity and Community and Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. I waited to write this post until after the Auction and Gala so that I could say something pithy about community. In waiting, something else happened: another mass shooting in America. On Saturday afternoon, May 14—while many …

Successful Fundraising, Sr. Projects, Looking Ahead to Our Last Week of School

Hello Friends, We had an extraordinary auction and gala last Saturday.  Thank you for attending.  Audrey Cobb provided a spectacular spread of delicious bites, the Renaissance Jazz Band serenaded us from the porch, and it felt SO good to gather together as a community. The generosity of our community was inspiring.  We raised over $90,000.00!!  We have now reached $1.8 million towards our Capital Campaign.  Thank you for your support and trust in our vision toward a better tomorrow!   If you weren’t able to make the event and were still wanting to contribute to the Kaleidoscope Campaign, CLICK HERE. It is hard …

Students identify rocks and minerals

New School Montessori (9-12) students are studying and identifying rocks and minerals. They went from station to station, working through a series of  questions to determine the identity of a rock or mineral sample. Students can test mineral properties for hardness using the Mohs hardness scale, streak, cleavage, magnetism, luster and even electrical conductivity. You can determine if rocks have a reaction to acid and whether they float or are transparent, translucent or opaque.  .