It’s complicated!

Hello Friends,   Last week I had the privilege to visit Washington, D.C. with our 6th graders.  It is a fantastic city to introduce our students to the importance of compromise and cautious judgments.  Everywhere there is a reminder that human nature is a fickle thing, but we are stumbling toward our better selves. Our students could not walk through the city without wrestling with how discouraging and inspiring our country is.  We would come across an assembly of free speech whose message we might vehemently disagree with while also being deeply grateful that they are allowed to do it. …

It’s complicated!

Hello Friends,   Last week I had the privilege to visit Washington, D.C. with our 6th graders.  It is a fantastic city to introduce our students to the importance of compromise and cautious judgments.  Everywhere there is a reminder that human nature is a fickle thing, but we are stumbling toward our better selves. Our students could not walk through the city without wrestling with how discouraging and inspiring our country is.  We would come across an assembly of free speech whose message we might vehemently disagree with while also being deeply grateful that they are allowed to do it. …

A day on the Merrill Fuller farm

New School Montessori 4th and 5th grade students had a wonderful day of exploring Merrill Fuller’s farm in Liberty Township. (Merrill is the grandfather of one of our students.) The adventure began with a tractor ride around the 5-acre farm where Merrill pointed out various fields, vegetable gardens and showed students where various types of corn are being experimentally cross pollinated. Students harvested some corn to take home and quickly learned the difference between sweet corn, popcorn and field corn as the dried kernels were way too tough to eat. Fresh corn was popped and devoured by the students with …

Kindergartners took a trip to the Taft Theater to see Casper the Friendly Musical

New School Montessori kindergartners were excited to attend the Children’s Theater Production of Casper the Friendly Musical at Taft Theater.  The field trip started with an early picnic lunch in the classroom, included a bus ride, and then a charming play that was set in a very old mansion.  As a school housed in Cincinnati’s historic Mitchell Mansion, we couldn’t resist the idea of a treasure hunt in a mansion. Students saw firsthand how creators married story, song, dance, visual arts and drama to enhance the storytelling. The kindergartners will employ these same elements when they create their own musical …

Fuzzy, the wooly worm

The New School Montessori has a preprimary woods chock- full of interesting plants, birds, and insects. Children explore, lifting rocks and looking under leaves. They find animals of all sorts to learn more about. This wooly worm (moth caterpillar) found among the leaves of a plant was given the name Fuzzy and after careful study was returned to munch on his favorite snack.

Standing proud!

This fall, students in (6-9) began the year talking about having a growth-mindset approach to the way they will build their character and self esteem throughout the year. Students created an image of themselves using construction paper, string, buttons and markers. They talked about persevering through difficulties and then having that amazing feeling of knowing they can do hard things! Students started journals where they can take note of things they’ve accomplished and can record situations where they are pleased with the way they’ve handled themselves. These proud-construction-paper images are placed in the stairway, and the students see them each …

Preprimary students practiced the process of bathing their baby doll

Care of the baby brought out the best in the children. They used such care as they bathed, clothed and comforted the baby. The children were all very excited to do this work and to follow the numerous steps in the process, including  getting Baby undressed and putting her towel there next to the tub so it’s handy after the bath. Students drew the water in the tub, added the soap (and of course the rubber ducky), and then they made sure baby’s head was supported and out of the water through the final rinse. By the end of the …

Periodic Table of Elements and Bohr’s Model

New School Montessori 4th, 5th and 6th graders are studying the elements in their physical science class. Teacher Casey Rodriguez is pictured here Murray, showcasing their cool science t-shirts of the Periodic Table of Elements.   Biso and Sami demonstrated Bohr’s Model, placing protons (green), neutrons (blue) and electrons (yellow) for several elements. Biso’s favorite element is oxygen with its 8/8/8 of each colored marble. Biso pointed out that the elements moscovium and flerovium would require a lot more marbles with each having about 115 protons and electrons and about 175 neutrons. Now THATS a lot of marbles!    

Periodic Table of Elements and Bohr’s Model

New School Montessori 4th, 5th and 6th graders are studying the elements in their physical science class. Teacher Casey Rodriguez is pictured here Murray, showcasing their cool science t-shirts of the Periodic Table of Elements.   Biso and Sami demonstrated Bohr’s Model, placing protons (green), neutrons (blue) and electrons (yellow) for several elements. Biso’s favorite element is oxygen with its 8/8/8 of each colored marble. Biso pointed out that the elements moscovium and flerovium would require a lot more marbles with each having about 115 protons and electrons and about 175 neutrons. Now THATS a lot of marbles!    

Preprimary students are deeply into map-making

Cartographers! That’s what New School Montessori preprimary students could be called with their recent interest in maps. Students have learned about the continents, countries and how lands and bodies of water are represented on globes and maps. Here you can see pictures of students tracing continents, painting maps, playing with map puzzles and even creating a continent wheel.