Preprimary students are taking mathematics to the “bank”

Just as you might hand a bank teller a check written out for $4,726 and expect cash money equal to that amount in return, New School Montessori preprimary teachers hand students 4 “checks” on nameplates with red painted numbers on them:   One is written for 4,000 beads, one for 700, another for 20 and the last one for 6. The student serves as the teller and brings back 4 bead blocks of 1,000 each saying, “Here are 4 thousands.” Then she moves on to the next request for 7 hundreds, 2 tens, and finally 6 individual beads to create …

Making our way through grief takes time and a listening and patient ear.

Hello Friends, I remember a parent from the TNSM community sharing with me that our community will be going through the stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) again and again at different times throughout the pandemic. Denial: It’s terrible the pandemic is affecting so many people, but WE won’t be touched by it. Anger:  Why can’t people figure out how to fix this or tell us what to do?!!! Bargaining: Can I wear a mask when I go into public places, but have  my friends and family over with no precautions? Depression:  I am just so tired of this. Acceptance: Well, I don’t think we are …

Cartography and sewing collide in one glorious project!

Kindergartners in the North Room have made and sewn double-sided globe pillows and can decide every night where in the world they want to lay their heads. Preprimary students have been practicing sewing and map-making skills for years. In this project, they have combined both interests into one amazing project. They were very pleased with their work!

Warm days of recess replaced with colder days

One of the phrases many Montessori teachers say again and again  is that there are no bad weather days, as long as you have the proper clothing.  And for the most part, New School Montessori students get to enjoy the outdoors every day. It’s hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago, students were pictured playing outside without coats, and now they are bundled up for winter fun as they create snowmen, snowballs, slip, slide and play on the playground equipment.

Students and staff express their gratitude

Hello Friends, We are being inundated with information on how to be safe this holiday. It’s important, but by now, we all know what we need to do. Just in case, here is a link about how to approach travel, and how to safely gather if you decide to take on that risk. PLEASE be safe. Your decisions affect all of us.Thank you.   In a video that I shot today and posted on our Facebook page, I was able to go around and ask children and staff what they were grateful for. It was a beautiful reminder that although many …

Montessori children can “write” before they can write

Forming easily recognizable letters with a pencil requires years of practice — and many of us still struggle to achieve more legible handwriting. To remedy this, and to put written language into the hands of children as soon as possible, Dr. Maria Montessori created the *moveable alphabet and taught children the sounds of letters so they could communicate their thoughts in writing much earlier than they physically were able to write. While working all the while on hand-eye coordination, small-muscle strengthening and practice writing with pencils, New School Montessori preprimary students delight in communicating their thoughts using the moveable alphabet …

Practical life skills encourage independence, concentration and responsibility

Montessori Practical Life curriculum encourages independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility in students. The photos below show the children’s focus both on care of self and care of the environment as they balance a full wheelbarrow, practice phone skills, button items, practice sewing, rake leaves, put on gloves, and tend to plants.  

Cubby Cleaning

Teachers prepare new works each week and introduce them to the class. Cubby cleaning is now a very popular work that gives students practice in following a process, learning to organize and reporting home to their folks so they know what warm clothes might be missing from the school cubby. First, students take everything out of their cubby, then sweep out all the sand and rocks, and lastly put everything back in. This way,  students can be responsible for their own space. It’s also great practice for hanging/taking down coats and backpacks independently! There are also sheets with images of …

How to help during Thanksgiving

Hello Friends, I have been sharing with families that we are taking every day hour by hour. Each hour there is something to celebrate and often something that challenges us. This hour, 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, I am sitting in my office, with the window open, listening to our (6-9) Ex-Day kids laugh and play gaga ball. This hour, the sun is setting and the weather is warm enough to take off your jacket. This hour, my only challenge is to adequately express how grateful I am for this community, these kids, this staff and our school. Thank you. A …

Thanksgiving pumpkin pies are just around the corner…

When you’re up to your elbows in pumpkin, you soon realize just how full of gooey goodness they are! Separating out those slippery seeds for soaking in brine and roasting later makes an amazingly crunchy treat, not to mention the pumpkin pulp that becomes a delicious Thanksgiving pie! The students in 1st-3rd grade thoroughly enjoyed getting messy and labeling the various parts of a pumpkin.