Montessori Stamp Game to practice all 4 math operations

The Stamp Game is a versatile Montessori work that can be used to practice all 4 math operations; multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.  This 3rd grader (above) is using the Montessori Stamp Game to practice dynamic multiplication and uses the letters at the top of each column on the green felt game board to stand for: TH = thousands / H = Hundreds / T = Tens / U = Units.  The 2 green game pieces to the student’s left, show the figure she is multiplying by. Each of the resulting 2 rows will contain the exact same number of …

Students worked with Fact Families to understand relationships among number groups

This New School Montessori first grader is working on Fact Families. Fact families are a collection of related addition and subtraction facts involving the same numbers.  Using the image of a house, this student saw 3 numbers on the roof (represented by Montessori colored beads). She then used a dry erase marker to fill in the 4 math facts that are created from those 3 numbers. For example: the 5, 4, and 9 bead bars on the roof can show that 4+5=9, 5+4=9, and reversely 9-4=5, 9-5=4.

A Door Opens

Hello Friends, These are historic times, but in spite of the challenges we face I am filled with hope.  Watching a female vice president of color being sworn in this week with my 5-year-old daughter on my lap was a remarkable moment regardless of political affiliation.  Montessori education is focused on unlocking potentials within children.  But in spite of our best efforts as parents and educators to encourage our children to  confidently believe that if they work hard enough everything is possible, we know the harsh reality of the world often conveys a different message.  Your race, gender, class, or …

Upper elementary students chose formal attire as their final 2020 wacky-wear day

Each year, New School Montessori upper elementary students decide on what wacky things they want to wear to school. In the past, students have colorfully sprayed their hair, worn pajamas, have donned wacky wigs and dressed in all manner of stripes and patterns simultaneously. This year, as a final send-off to 2020, students chose to have a formal day. Pictured here are the sixth graders in their formal attire. We can’t wait to see what new 2021 wacky days will be like. Who knows what else they might think of.

Mighty, mighty powers of observation

As superpowers go, you might think that employing the powers of observation are not as cool as say, swinging from spiderwebs cast from your wrists, but for thousands of years, regular people have been making amazing discoveries by simply observing a change. Alexander Fleming made a mistake when the bacteria he was growing on a Petri dish got contaminated by what he called “mold juice.” He observed that the bacteria didn’t grow up close to the “juice.” This “contaminant,” named penicillin, prevented bacterial growth and has saved millions of people from succumbing to bacterial infections. New School Montessori children are …

From concrete to abstract, students learn math with hands-on materials

New School Preprimary students develop a concrete understanding of math by using hands-on Montessori materials to explore the base-ten number system, relationships between numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and even beginning algebra. Students also learn to recognize and write numerals by tracing sandpaper numbers with their fingers, writing them with a pencil and placing numbers in the proper order.

Students teaching students

New School Montessori 6th graders set up their white board outside on the Ginkgo House deck one warm day to teach factorization to the 4th grade students.  One of the tenets of a Montessori education is the multi-age classroom which provides opportunities for children to practice leadership skills, enjoy advanced and challenging work and to mentor other students.   Listed below is what Wikipedia had to say about factorization. As for me, I d prefer to have a New School 6th grader there to present it and answer all my questions. 3 × 5 is a factorization of the integer 15, and (x – 2)(x + 2) is a …

Kids are amazing at being adaptive, collaborative, inclusive and forgiving

Hello Friends, When I was 25, I walked into my first Montessori school. I was touring the country for 9 months performing poetry for students and training teachers on how to get their classrooms engaged and excited about reading and writing poems. I had never witnessed students like the ones I saw that day.  4th-6th Graders working together in groups on a graphic novel, and next to them another group with a large map of the world spread out on the floor, identifying natural and political boundaries.  Some students worked independently and were not interrupted by a teacher or peer. They …

Students paint journal covers for their written work

New School Montessori students in 1st-3rd grade are painting what will become the covers of their new journals. Each week they receive journal prompts and need a place to gather their creative works in one place. Students were encouraged to paint pictures or designs that represented them, their interests, or provided inspiration for their writing.

We created an environment that allowed joy to blossom.

Hello TNSM friends, A new year approaches. We know that time is constant and new beginnings are always available to us each moment, however, a new year always seems an invitation to pause, take stock, and ask ourselves big questions. Where are we headed? What did we learn? Who are we grateful for and who will we miss? Amidst a year of great turbulence, grief and soul searching, TNSM was a safe space for our children, families and staff. Not only did we do everything possible to keep our community safe from COVID, but we also created an environment that …