Metric system comes to life as a mythical kingdom

One way to bring the metric system to life is to cast it in a mythical kingdom of kings, dragons, unicorns and other animals. Knowing that kings have dominion over the entire kingdom helps students remember that the prefix kilo is their highest prefix. Next to kings are humans (hecto), then dragons (deca), then unicorns (unit), dogs (deci), cats (centi) and finally mice (milli). These prefixes are used with units of meters, grams and liters and are all based on powers of 10. And of course in the kingdom of metric, powers of 10 are the most amazing and sensible …

Students made wildflower hearts

Students in Catherine and Gina’s (6-9) classroom are looking forward to spring by preparing a heartfelt wildflower seed project they’ll plant in the coming months. Students mixed wildflower seeds with water and pulverized paper, added red food coloring, and shaped this mixture into heart shapes using cookie cutters as molds. Once the seed paper hearts were dry (ish) they were sent home to sit on a windowsill or other safe place until the snows of February have abated, the winds of March have died down and the warm showers of April have fallen.  

Students learn about reptiles shedding their skin

New School Montessori preprimary students have been studying snakes and lizards. Fascinated by the way these animals shed their skin, students have enjoyed taking part in a molting work of their own.   First, students paint a thin layer of glue on a small patch of skin and feel the tightening as it dries. They then peel themselves free as they experience their own version of what it might be like to shed their skin.

Life grows or shrinks

Hello Friends, Our (6-9) students recently demonstrated their talents in strings, dance and music.  It was a joy to watch how they showed up in ways that fully expressed their individuality and commitment to being a member of a community.   It reminded me of conversations I’d had with parents who were touring our school, seeing a Montessori environment for the first time.  Some of them had heard about a common misconception that Montessori environments do not emphasize the arts. This false impression stems from the fact that Montessori schools approach art in the same way they approach the their …

Chef-for-a-day, Eleanor, planned an amazing lunch!

Eleanor was our chef for a day, planning the lunch menu for staff, preprimary and elementary students. Eleanor selected chicken stew; mashed potatoes; dinner rolls and butter; deviled eggs; sugar snap peas and carrots; broccoli salad and apple streusel pie!

Arts and craft supplies were donated to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center

For their winter community service project, the students in Nancy Buchman’s homeroom organized a collection of arts and crafts supplies.  The supplies were donated to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center for patients to use during their stay in the hospital.  Thanks to all the Ginkgo House students and families who contributed to this project!

School House Symphony visited TNSM (3-6) students

New School Montessori preprimary students greeted School House Symphony musicians with lots of enthusiasm during their performance and explanation of musical-instrument families, including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Musicians introduced their instruments, telling a bit about the vibrating elements that produce sound. Students were instructed to put their hands to their throats while singing a quick verse of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to feel the vibration of their vocal cords as they produced sound in their own vocal instrument.  

Alumni Updates Winter 2019

We’re so excited that 5 New School Montessori alumni students will perform in the WHHS production of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Valentine’s weekend. Be sure to congratulate Owen Cummings (2016), Brando Donaldson (2016), Jack Giglia (2015), Colby James (2015) and Talia Raider-Roth (2014) when you see them. Click to see the website with ticket information.   Petra van Nuis (an alumna of TNSM) graduated from SCPA and CCM and has a singing career based in Chicago. She is returning to Cincinnati for a special Cincinnati CD release party at Caffe Vivace on Monday, February 25 and will be joined by Chicago …

Head of School, Jeff Groh, is interviewed in this month’s edition of Cincinnati Parent

New School Montessori director, Jeff Groh, spoke with a reporter from Cincinnati Parent magazine about some of the tenets of Montessori education. Jeff related the importance of the classroom space and described how children learn abstract ideas through the use of concrete materials. Jeff also introduced the benefits of multi-age classrooms and described ways a Montessori education prepares children for the challenges of working in our modern world. Click to read Cincinnati Parent’s February article about Montessori education.

Alumni student Alex Burte (‘06) has come back to TNSM to offer an after-school fencing club this spring.

Alex Burte came to The New School Montessori last week to introduce elementary students to the sport of fencing. In addition to the physical challenges, requiring balance, speed, strength and grace, Alex explained that fencing also requires strategic acumen and has been described as “chess at 100 miles an hour.” In fencing (as in chess) opponents make moves, block moves and redirect attacks to different locations. Alex has been competing in fencing competitions for years. In high school, he competed on the national circuit in North American Cups and the Junior Olympics. He received offers for athletic scholarships at multiple schools, …