A joyful experience

Hello Friends, We hope everyone had a restorative Thanksgiving break. It was a joy to receive a few emails and texts from families who shared pictures of homemade menus or centerpieces designed by their children. I know I say it all the time, but this community is amazing! This week, in almost perfect timing, the weather has moved past Thanksgiving and definitely turned toward wintery temperatures. Be sure your child dresses appropriately and that you label everything! We could open a small second-hand store with all the lost and found items we will accumulate over the next few months. 🙂  …

May You Be Happy!

Hello Friends, The New School Montessori hopes everyone has a Thanksgiving break filled with peace, gestures of kindness, moments to reflect, and intentions to slow down and be present. This time can also be busy as some of us prepare for family visits and big dinners. If you are interested in a few ways to incorporate Montessori into your Thanksgiving celebration consider the following: Allow your child to help you with meal preparation. Maybe it’s using their math skills to help with measuring ingredients or just learning some valuable practical life skills, but including your child(ren) deepens their understanding and …

A Deep Respect for the Child

Dear Friends, I had the pleasure of visiting Hershey Montessori in Huntsburg, OH this past Monday. Hershey Montessori is a middle school/high school program near Cleveland. I was interested in visiting because it serves as a national model for Dr. Maria Montessori’s intentions for an adolescent program. It sits on 97 acres, and the students participate in caring for the land and animals (goats, chickens, bees, pigs). It was inspiring to see Maria Montessori’s vision for an adolescent program come to life. While I was there, it made me reflect on our own elementary program and how closely it aligns …

Making the activities of home life and school tasks work together for the education of the child

Hello Friends, We hope everyone had an opportunity to meet teachers over the last couple of days as we work toward “…establishment of harmony, between the work and activities of home life and school tasks, making both work together for the education of the child.” (Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method). As my wife, Raphaela, and I sat in on our 2nd and 4th grade conferences, we were delighted (although not surprised) to hear how well the teachers know our children. We have seen, over our 7 years, how the Montessori philosophy and expertise of the teachers have allowed our children …

We Need You

Dear Friends. Thank you SO much for your generous gifts to our Annual Giving campaign.  We are off to a great start and have raised $27,000, with  25% of our families having already given.  This year, I know we can make it to 100% participation. There is no community like TNSM.  The parent/teacher partnership, the teacher/student relationship, the size of classrooms, the campus, the lunches, the culture, the Montessori excellence; all of this sets us apart. But we need your support. Our model is unique. Our tuition does not cover the cost of our operating budget. We rely on fundraising …

Can you guess who these characters are?

TNSM celebrates Halloween in a unique way; we dress up as characters from history or literature and have each other guess who we are as clues are gradually revealed to the classroom audience. We also have the 6th graders perform their D’em Bones song on the Mansion Porch steps, naming everything from mandible through metatarsals. Parents help us celebrate during recess by providing snacks and games before it all begins. We enjoyed seeing the students’ and teachers’ creative costuming and wanted to give you a chance to guess who these characters might be. Can you guess who these folks are? …

Learning About Diwali and Dia de Muertos

We are so grateful to our New School Montessori families for teaching us about various celebrations around the world. This week, students in (3-6) and (6-9) learned about Diwali, which is a 5-day festival of lights, and enjoyed some favorite treats shared from India. Children listened to the presentation, learned about the names of the clothes worn and asked questions about the bindi that Shital wore on her forehead. The red dot used to be worn to show that a woman was married. Today many wear a bindi as a sign of a blessing, keeping one centered. .      …

“Never Seen Anything Like It”

Hello Friends, Every day I am reminded of how unique and loving The New School Montessori community is.  One day it could be a parent who took the time to come up to school to refresh and beautify the stone planters  with flowers that beautifully frame our entryway to the Mitchell Mansion.  Another day it could be a student who accidentally dropped a plate of lunch on the floor, and immediately 2-3 students come over to help clean it up. It could be the 3-hour tour and discussion Ceara (Assistant Director) provides for an inquiring family that ends with Ceara …

Using the Montessori Decimal Board

Our 5th graders are working on adding and subtracting decimals using the Montessori Decimal Board.  This board is made up of 13 columns with an extra dark line at the point where a decimal point would be, dividing whole numbers from the fractional numerical units of tenths, hundredths and so on. Throughout various Montessori math works, green signifies units, blue is tens and red signifies hundreds.  In this work, the fractional columns to the right are the pastel version of the colors used for the whole numbers. If students were to add (1 and 7/10) + (2 and 4/10), they …

Geography work includes map making and more

New School Montessori (3-6) students are working on map-making skills and the study of various countries. Their current focus is North America,  studying the animals, plants, flags and locations of the US, Mexico, Cuba and Canada on the map. Soon students will be learning about the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and how her experiences in life shaped her work.