4th and 5th grader students took an overnight field trip to Marengo Caves and other area sights

Last week, New School Montessori 4th and 5th graders took an overnight field trip to Indiana to explore Gaulbert Cox Park, the stalagmites and stalactites of Marengo Caves, Spring Mill’s Gus Grissom Memorial Museum, Pioneer Village, nature hikes and grist mill. They also took a tour of the Louisville Slugger Factory and practiced pitching and hitting at a mini batting and throwing range.

Senior Projects – May 18

Each year, New School Montessori sixth graders embark on a year-long odyssey, researching a topic of interest to them. They condense their fifteen-page papers into riveting 5-minute oral Power Point presentations. In the span of a pleasant evening you can learn about many interesting topics and characters from history. Our alumni often return to the school to support this year’s 6th graders. They’ve shared that their Senior Project experience prepared them – not only for the rigors of junior high and high school – but for writing, public speaking and the joy of learning they have experienced in their university …

Senior Projects – May 18

Each year, New School Montessori sixth graders embark on a year-long odyssey, researching a topic of interest to them. They condense their fifteen-page papers into riveting 5-minute oral Power Point presentations. In the span of a pleasant evening you can learn about many interesting topics and characters from history. Our alumni often return to the school to support this year’s 6th graders. They’ve shared that their Senior Project experience prepared them – not only for the rigors of junior high and high school – but for writing, public speaking and the joy of learning they have experienced in their university …

Students designed a community-based project that honored the Earth

Third graders Eleanor and Jemea wanted to plan a community-based project for the (6-9) students. They spent several weeks researching projects, creating a detailed supply list, composing a letter to parents and organizing materials. Their goal was to find art projects that the children could do as a team and that honored the Earth. They ended up selecting a handprint tree, reclaimed trash murals, and rock painting. This past Friday, they led their classmates in creating these beautiful projects. Their teacher Kristen Rammel commented, “It was wonderful to see all the children engaged in such a thoughtful student-led experience!”  

Cincinnati Zoo brought animal visitors that moved and grooved

Animals move in fantastic ways! An educator from the Cincinnati Zoo brought several animals to assist in his discussion of how animals move in their environments. He introduced the kindergartners to a box turtle named Leonardo and a king snake named Elvis.  Each animal is well adapted to his own environment and has different ways of moving and grooving that help him to survive. Elvis is a good snake to have around because he’ll eat any other snake – even the poisonous ones! Leonardo grooves to a different beat than the king snake, but with his protective shell he has …

Pancake Breakfast – May 12

For the past few years on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, we’ve enjoyed a hearty breakfast of pancakes, fruit and turkey sausage served by TNSM students. It’s a great opportunity to visit with friends, alumni, neighbors and other TNSM staff and parents while also enjoying a fabulous art show of students’ work. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7/ person or $25/ family.    

Annex students tour the neighborhood

While the Shakespeare club prepared for their Project 38 performance, the other Annex students took a walk with their teachers around the neighborhood. Along the way, they stopped and looked at the blooming trees and flowers. While admiring a garden, the owner came out and gave them a private tour. They all enjoyed the much-needed sunshine and warmth.

Students learn to study and predict the weather

For New School Montessori 4th, 5th and 6th graders’ study of weather, they are learning how different weather instruments help meteorologist study and predict the weather. Each morning, students record the readings of our instruments along with the day’s weather to see if they are accurate.

Working through the life cycle of a butterfly

Kalkin created the life cycle of the butterfly using metal insets for the shapes. He used a circle for the egg, smaller circles for the caterpillar, oval for the chrysalis, and quatrefoil for the butterfly. He also numbered the order and drew arrows to show the cycle. Students in the West Room are observing caterpillars in their classroom.  They will watch as they turn to butterflies and will release them outside.