Open House – Oct 13

We’re excited about our upcoming open house on Sunday, October 13 from 2-4 p.m. Children are encouraged to explore the Montessori materials in the classroom, to tour the building with you and to meet with parents and staff. We hope to see you there! We also encourage you to schedule a personal tour where you may observe classes in session, join us for lunch and meet our staff. For more information or to arrange a personal tour, please contact our Admissions Director, Ceara Comstock 
513-281-7999 We invite you and your child to experience a truly joyous and nurturing environment at …

Caring for pets in the classroom

Maria Montessori learned a lot about children by observing them. She noticed that children gain satisfaction from caring for living things. This is why classrooms at The New School Montessori have been home to many types of creatures over the years, including fish, turtles, rabbits, hamsters and of course numerous caterpillars to butterflies.   Having an animal in the classroom allows children the necessary time needed to observe the animal’s habits, to grow in curiosity, to ask questions, to look for clues, make hypotheses and find answers. Pets in the room also provide opportunities for learning gentle touch and care …

When it rains, it pours…

Let the pouring begin! Pouring is a practical life lesson that helps students develop order, coordination, concentration and independence! This skill will also be used during snack and lunch to pour milk and water.  

Harvest Moon – Sept 28

  Saturday, September 28 from 5:00 – 8:00 New School Montessori Campus Potluck It’s time again for our annual Harvest Moon Festival where we come together to celebrate the TNSM community! Alumni families, current families, staff and friends gather with picnic blankets and potluck favorites from many traditions. Please bring a favorite homemade dish or dessert to share. We provide plates, cups, silverware and water.  For your own comfort please bring a blanket or chairs for seating on the grass and drinks of your choosing. There will be plenty of playground time for the kids. (A flashlight and sweater can …

Pink tower power!

The pink tower is an iconic Montessori work and introduces preprimary children to one of their early sensorial experiences with the concept of base 10. The work includes 10 pink boxes ranging from 1 centimeter cubed to 10 centimeters cubed. As students complete this work with their teacher or with other classmates, they practice visual discrimination, vocabulary, refinement of motor skills and prep for mathematics.

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A Lesson in Humility

Hello Friends,   There is a Montessori Lesson called the Long Black Strip.  It is often presented at the (6-9) level, and it is considered one of the most powerful impressionistic lessons Dr. Maria Montessori created.  Like many great ideas, it’s simple, and in some astonishing way makes the world feel bigger, smaller, more understood and more mysterious. Saying that Earth is 4.6 billion years old is like saying the universe is infinite.  The idea or number is too large to appreciate.  Our mind needs an anchor or a way of breaking down something so vast into smaller pieces of …

The History of Life, and the Joys of Living

Dr. Maria Montessori turned 149! Why celebrate this amazing woman?!   She discovered, through research and detailed observations, that children are not merely vessels to be filled, but rather unique individuals craving real learning and meaningful work.  Instead of being controlled and taught, students should be approached with respect as we follow and guide their instinctual desire to learn and belong to the world.  Today, at TNSM, we continue to honor and nurture this philosophy and pedagogy to unlock the potential in all of our students. Montessori-educated Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel prize winning author) said, “I do not believe there is …

Back with friends!

Students are so glad to be back, making new friends and reconnecting with old friends!  

Kindergarten Self Portraits: First in a series

New School Montessori kindergartners created self portraits this week. These self-made images will be made periodically throughout the year for the students to explore different ways to capture their essence of self.  

The First Great Lesson: Coming of the Universe

Teachers in our (6-9) program presented the first of five Great Lessons in the elementary Montessori curriculum. This first lesson is called Coming of the Universe and piques the students’ curiosity and encourages their further exploration of astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, physics, geology and geography. The teachers each played a part in the demonstration. Throughout the lesson, one of the teachers gave a dramatic narration of how the universe was formed from the empty vastness of space. The exercise began with the lighting of a candle to represent the sun. Then a balloon filled with glitter popped, scattering matter all about. …