Third graders responded to the sirens’ call of an unabridged dictionary

In the third graders’ study of Antarctica, they came upon the word katabatic and used teacher Jean Eschenbach’s gigantic unabridged dictionary to look it up. The dictionary continued to draw various students’ interest throughout the morning. katabatic |ˌkatəˈbatik| Relating to wind currents that blow down a gradient, especially down the slopes of a mountain or glacier. When air comes in contact with the cool surface of a glacier or the upper regions of a mountain or slope, the air cools, becomes dense, and blows downward. Katabatic winds are usually cool and are especially common at night in polar regions. Compare …

Truffula trees made by students who care a lot

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the West Room’s preprimary class read Seuss’s story “The Lorax” which reminds us to notice and care for our environment.   Students made colorful, fluffy truffula trees in response to the story and to adorn their classroom. As Seuss prompted in his book, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Student work to be shown at Kennedy Heights Arts Center in March

New School Montessori art teacher, Robin Kusten Hartmann, challenged her elementary students to use the artist’s brush in a different way – as a canvas for creative work. Some students chose to combine words, colorful paint and items glued to the brush to express themselves while others saw creatures or characters hiding between the bristles and teased them into view with their artful eye. The students’ artwork will be shown at Kennedy Heights Arts Center during the month of March. The opening reception for the show will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 6p.m. to 8p.m.

Students brought in donations for Matthew 25 Ministries for Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, students in (6-9) shared valentine cards with each other, brought in donations of toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap for their field trip to Matthew 25 Ministries, and enjoyed crafts and snacks. Their party fell on  the lunar new year, so their crafts included fire-breathing dragons and Chinese lanterns. We couldn’t have done it without the generous donations of snacks and time from parents!

Mixed media artwork depicting ancient animals from the Montessori work called The Timeline of Life

Students studied Maria Montessori’s lesson, The Timeline of Life, and created their own ancient animal art using watercolors, construction paper and glitter. This work helped the children understand events that shape the evolutionary process and the extinction of species. Students came to recognize nature’s interconnectivity. First-level students painted jellyfish and trilobites. Second level students used watercolors to depict various dinosaurs. Third-level students created ammonites from construction paper with their nautilus-like curled shells.

Recess in the winter is important and fun!

Students of all ages enjoy The New School Montessori woods each day. Regardless of the season – winter, spring, summer or fall – each brings its own opportunities for physical activity, playtime with friends, exploration and learning.

First-level students learn about biomes

First-level students learned that a biome is a huge area sharing the same kind of weather, soil, water sources, plants and animals. Here are their illustrations of the biome they know best.

Alumni student, Alex Sturbaum, is pursuing 2 exciting careers

Alex Sturbaum (’02) has two exciting careers; one in ecology and the other as an Irish folk singer and musician. He double-majored in biology and geology at Oberlin College and credits his 9 years at TNSM as having fostered his love for the natural world. Alex recalled his years of tearing through the TNSM woods looking for praying mantises and camel crickets, and sharing shark facts with whomever would listen. Alex said, “The New School has had a profound influence on my life. I was always encouraged to seek out new experiences, work hard at things that excited me, and …

Kindergartners’ groundhog predictions were unclear, so prepare for more winter

On February 1, Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter. That week, our kindergartners created their own groundhogs – and made their own predictions. Students who put a sun in the sky learned where the sun casts its shadow. Those who chose a cloudy sky made groundhogs without shadows. Best bet is to keep a warm coat in the car, as one never knows for sure when spring will arrive.

Digging into “pi” and its relationship to circumference and diameter

Sixth graders explored the relationship between the diameter of a circle and its circumference. They measured the diameter of numerous round objects and then figured out how many diameters fit into each circumference. We talked about how the Greeks came up with the same concept and named this relationship pi (π).