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 …

Non-nappers made clay pots and chocalho and pandeiro instruments

New School Montessori teacher Nadja Nether shared her Brazilian heritage by taking her students on a “trip” to Brazil where they learned how Brazilians have used items from nature to create instruments and clay pots. Students learned how clay is taken from the ground, worked into coils and wound into different-shaped pots. Dried seeds in gourds can be used as shakers to make music, but over the years percussion players have gotten a louder sound using other materials. One of the traditional Brazilian instruments the children made was a chocalho (meaning rattle in Portuguese) the other was a pandeiro (tambourine).  …

Estimating the weight of objects in grams

Jean and Sophia introduced their 3rd grade students to the thrill of estimating and measuring weight in grams and kilograms using a variety of scales. Don’t be surprised if your student comes home wanting to pull out the bathroom scales to estimate the weight of every trinket in the house.      

Who Are You Going to Call?

Forty percent of students at The New School Montessori between 2nd and 6th grade take part in our after-school club’s orchestra and strings program. Melissa Robinson founded our strings program in 2011 and has been challenging and engaging the children at all levels with music that interests them ever since.   Enjoy TNSM’s rendition of “Who Are You Going to Call – Ghost Busters! And feel free to to sing along with the audience.  

Preparation and discovery are part of the fun of learning

New School Montessori students in 1st-3rd grade studied owl pellets. Mysteries were revealed while students investigated hair and bone fragments for clues. The prepared environment is a key component of a Montessori classroom. and(6-9) teacher Sophia McAllister knows the secret to education is “not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.” Here is a snapshot into her carefully prepared classroom as the students explored owl pellets.           

Geometric shapes made with straws and clay

New School Montessori (6-9) teachers Jean and Sophia presented straws and clay as building materials for their 1st grade students as they examined and recreated the geometric solids structures.

Preprimary students work to improve fine-motor strength

There are many works chosen throughout the day that(3-6) children use to improve their hand-eye coordination and fine-motor strength. These skills will serve them well, not only in preparing them to write, but in gaining self confidence and learning important life skills as well. Students have also been practicing patience and perseverance as they match lock and key to successfully release the iron grip of the mechanism. Other works include opening and closing various containers and hammering golf tees into multi-pierced pumpkins.       

6th graders visited our nation’s capital

Each year, New School Montessori 6th graders visit Washington D.C., its monuments, museums and sights as they travel by plane and public transportation with teachers and chaperones. Students try new foods, learn to budget their meal and souvenir allowance and enjoy the thrill of our nation’s capital. This year, students took a night tour of the D.C. monuments, walked to the White House, the Holocaust Museum and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for a tour. They visited the Smithsonian, Mt Vernon, Steve Chabot’s office, the Capitol building and more. As seen in the picture above, students even created a …