Dancing with Julie

Get a good workout and be ready to dance with TNSM dance teacher, Julie Sunderland. She’ll work your abs by pantomime-climbing a rope and will encourage you to pick a shape and an energy to express once the music starts. Click here to view Julie’s instructional video.    

Another letter from director with encouragement, shared stories and information

Hello Friends, We have made it through another week together. Well done. I continue to be amazed at the resiliency, optimism, and creativity within our community.  Our teachers/staff, parents, and children have risen to the occasion. One TNSM parent(lawyer and ordained minister through the Universal Life Church) shared a photo of him marrying a couple on his front lawn from a distance!  Another family shared the ingenuity of their child who created a pill bug lego race track! I could go on and on with examples sent to us about the wonderful things happening during this difficult time.   As I have mentioned before, this pandemic has …

New School Montessori elementary art teacher, Robin Hartmann, gives a brief lesson in the video below encouraging  students to make their own binoculars from empty toilet paper rolls. Once finished, Robin suggests that students use their newly-made binoculars to focus their attention on something they see outside and to draw a picture of it.        

Shared Art Activities

TNSM Art teacher, Robin Hartmann, wanted to share some art projects she received from another art teacher. There are plenty of activities to keep a person busy.   Click here for a pdf with links to lots of helpful activities.    

Beth Canarie’s Backyard Wildlife Hunt

The New School’s Food and Sustainability Teacher, Beth Canarie, has invited all of us to go on a special wildlife hunt. It may surprise you to know how many creatures are in your very own backyard. Many of them are small, so you’ll need to take a very close look. When you walk outside in your backyard today, look carefully between the leaves or grass or between rocks and bricks. Also take a long look at the trees and bushes. What animals do you notice? See it you can find some of these wildlife critters: spider dragonfly ant butterfly caterpillar …

How to Create an Indoor Herb Garden

Here is a great activity suggestion from TNSM’s Food and Sustainability Teacher, Beth Canarie. Not only are herbs fun to plant, nurture and watch grow, but they are also a yummy addition to almost any meal or salad! To make a garden of herbs inside your home, this is what you will need: Several pots with drainage holes A saucer to place under the pots Potting Mix Parsley seeds, fennel seeds, basil seeds, or whatever herb seeds you might like to grow. Fill your pot with soil, leaving room at the top. Take your seeds and sprinkle them across the …

Open House – April 26

We’re excited about our upcoming open house on Sunday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. Children are encouraged to explore the Montessori materials in the classroom, to tour the building with you and to meet with parents and staff. We hope to see you there! We also encourage you to schedule a personal tour where you may observe classes in session, join us for lunch and meet our staff. For more information or to arrange a personal tour, please contact our Admissions Director, Ceara Comstock 
513-281-7999 We invite you and your child to experience a truly joyous and nurturing environment at …

Photos from our community: Working from home

These are some of this week’s photos sent by our Montessori community who are working throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area in their home environments. Keep up the good work, families! You will see: nests created from a nature-walk assignment, cooking at home, working with siblings, practicing using money and even proof of a new lost tooth!

A first lesson in shoe tying

Ann Baumgardner teaches the first element of learning to tie shoes: the “criss-cross double ross.” Coming soon will be lesson 2 and then even a 3rd lesson where you’ll learn a trick to keep round and leather laces tied all day – and it’s not a double knot! Stay tuned.