Students made their own applesauce

Preprimary students in the West Room enjoyed a mini Thanksgiving, making applesauce together on a camping stove. Each student chopped one or two apples to add to the pot. (Some of the kindergarten friends decided to peel their apples before chopping.) The mixture was seasoned with honey and cinnamon. Students gathered in a circle with their handwoven placemats as they sampled their warm applesauce.  

Classrooms chose different ways to express their gratitude and to explore various Thanksgiving topics.

New School Montessori elementary students gave their Thanksgiving presentations this morning, teaching us about the history of succotash and how the Native Americans shared their food and planting practices with Pilgrims. We learned how different countries celebrate their harvest season and discovered what our students are thankful for. Some expressed gratitude in song, while others recited a poem with students popping up within the crowd (standing on chairs) as they delivered their lines. The whole program was very impactful and ended with Chef Audrey and her assistant, Jonathan, offering slices of homemade pumpkin pie to the audience.   We are …

Zay takes pride in doing his part to keep his classroom clean

The 9-12 students in the Ginkgo House all work together to keep their classroom clean. Early in the year, students filled out a job application if they wanted a specific job. Students help spray and wipe tables, water plants, clean boards, make sure all laptops were plugged in, etc. Zay filled out his application to be the Ginkgo House’s official window cleaner because he said he likes things to be squeaky clean. Zay takes his job seriously, and his classmates and teachers have loved looking out their clean windows all day.

Gratitude

Hello Friends, How do we deepen our gratitude?  How do we foster it in our students? In ourselves?  What is it exactly?  Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation  and to return kindness.  In a Psychology Today article it was describes as, “an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has – as opposed to, for instance, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants or thinks they need.”   A few years ago, TNSM staff  went through training on how to unlock and leverage student (and our own) potentials through acknowledging and working with our character strengths.  The program is …

Students experience the attractive force of static electricity

Static cling can be a powerful force. Students in physical science learned just what static electricity can do. Ajani, one of our inquisitive scientists, used wool and a balloon to create a static electricity charge. He demonstrated that the extra electrons in the balloon were attracted to the neutrally charged stream of water. By placing the balloon nearer and nearer to the water, Ajani was able to get the water to actually bend toward the balloon. Using a plastic pen and wool. Thanh-Nhã became a snake charmer, using static electricity to get the white-coiled-tissue-paper snake to rise up – almost like …

Lessons learned by observing

Hello Friends, I had the pleasure of spending a 45-minute recess with our (6-12) students recently.  It was a perfect autumn day: bright, crisp, and the trees were all dressed up in gold and burgundy.  As I looked around, I was reminded of the essential role Play has in our development.  I watched two girls swoosh down the slide again and again, giggling the whole time – delighted by good company, fresh air and the playful tug of gravity.  A child hung upside down from her knees, like a bat, and watched the world from a different perspective. One boy, …

Lessons learned by observing

Hello Friends, I had the pleasure of spending a 45-minute recess with our (6-12) students recently.  It was a perfect autumn day: bright, crisp, and the trees were all dressed up in gold and burgundy.  As I looked around, I was reminded of the essential role Play has in our development.  I watched two girls swoosh down the slide again and again, giggling the whole time – delighted by good company, fresh air and the playful tug of gravity.  A child hung upside down from her knees, like a bat, and watched the world from a different perspective. One boy, …

Strings students gave a recital in College Hill

This past weekend, New School Montessori strings teacher, Melissa Robinson, had a recital at Red Rose Gems Pizzeria in College Hill. It was an open mic-type event with students taking the stage one at a time, while the audience enjoyed a delicious meal. Melissa reported that everyone had a lot of fun and that the kids did a really great job! Here are a few photos from the event.

Students planted seeds, looking ahead to what butterflies will need this spring

New School Montessori parent Carrie Driehaus came earlier this fall to show her butterflies and to talk with students about her backyard garden and the choices she has made in selecting plantings that are both beautiful and vital to the various stages of a butterfly’s lifecycle. The kids loved learning about monarchs and helped Carrie prepare and plant their preprimary garden this fall to give these plants a head start. These varieties of seeds can grow strong roots, remain dormant during the winter and be ready to go as soon as temperatures warm up! Students weeded and used care to plant …