What has gotten you thinking lately? 

Are there articles, websites, videos, books, or organizations that have helped you to think differently about issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity?  Or ideas that you have come across and realized were a blind spot you had never even considered before? This week, I am hoping to turn this section of the newsletter on its head and ask you, the readers, if you have any resources to share?  One of the things that drew our family to TNSM is the Montessori focus on peer learning and the openness to learning as a community.  Especially after these times where our in-person …

Preprimary students led the school in an Olympic closing ceremony.

At The New School Montessori, we had our own closing ceremony for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games. Children in our 3 preprimary classrooms have been studying the different continents and made flags for each participating country. The closing parade was joyous and triumphant and was attended by many spectators from the (6-9) and (9-12) levels as the children processed through each learning environment, flags waving and crowds cheering! What an impactful way to study geography and to have “Fun with Flags.”  

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Diversity of all kinds in farming is best for our world!

Article written by Rachel Lwin, Diversity and Community Engagement  (D+CE) Committee Member As we come to the end of February and head into my personal favorite time of year, gardening season, I have been thinking about those people who have and are still working to shape a more resilient approach to agriculture. Unequal access to fresh food persists, especially for people of color. The Great Migration of African Americans out of the Southern states into urban centers of the North cut off access to farmable land. That, coupled with decades of discriminatory loan practices and uneven treatment by the USDA …

Making quill pen(cils)!

Children learned about the many forms of writing and the different utensils used throughout history. As a souvenir for Montessori’s 4th Great Lesson, children constructed their own version of a quill pen(cil). Needless to say, we’re all grateful for the modern writing tools we have today! The 4th Great Lesson begins in ancient Egypt with the early writings of the Phoenicians and how their written language helped influence the Romans and the alphabet they created that we use today. People used to write on clay or wax, but with the use of parchment, the hollow shaft of specially prepared bird …

Making Valentine’s Day cards for neighbors and delivering baskets to Ronald McDonald House

As part of their 100-Day celebration, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders came together to make 100 Valentine’s Day cards and delivered them to our TNSM neighbors. They had a blast delivering the cards, and the 50 degree temperature was a wonderful bonus! The class also celebrated Valentine’s Day by creating gift baskets for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. TNSM Families contributed items that help make a stay in a new place more comfortable with packaged snacks,  small toys, books, art supplies, blankets, stuffed animals, cozy socks, toothbrushes, chapstick, etc. Once the items were collected, the children worked together …

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Can you name that room?

Our New School Montessori classrooms look so different when dressed in their Victorian best from yesteryear. Look closely for clues in this photo to see if you can name that room. If you reply to this post, I will publish your guess and will reveal the answer later in the week.

Students in (9-12) studied the phases of Earth’s Moon

You’ve probably heard of a full Moon or a new Moon, but did you know there are actually 8 lunar phases, including waxing and waning gibbous, and crescent Moons as well? New School Montessori 4th, 5th and 6th graders learned about this and even tested it out in a darkened room using a flashlight as the sun and round balls as the Earth and Moon. The lunar phases gradually change as the Moon’s orbital positions around Earth and Earth around the Sun shift. .       

Mark your calendars for Wednesday evening, February 23rd from 7:00-8:30pm!

In March 2021, the Diversity + Community Engagement committee (D+CE) hosted a conversation open to the whole TNSM community that focused on what it means to strive for racial literacy. We watched an inspiring TED Talk given by two young women, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo, who spent their senior year in high school trying to understand how teachers and parents can close the gap in racial education. We then participated in a guided conversation and reflection around these themes and topics.  Reflecting back on our virtual gathering, a few thoughts and memories bubble up: The sense of community and connectedness …

“The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.”

Hello Friends, We have an exciting weekend ahead of us. The Cincinnati Bengals will be playing in the Super Bowl after a 34-year hiatus. It is an exciting time for the city and even if you’re not a fan, you can rejoice in the positive energy and enthusiasm around this event. It has been loads of fun trying to explain, “Who Dey?” to my kids as they hear it adopted as a greeting or read it on a billboard. The playfulness of language is something they can really appreciate! As we all know, the game will go later than most …

Students volunteered to help Rob during their recess.

As a Northern Ohioan growing up in a region with lake effect snows, I have often referred to Cincinnati as the tropics of Ohio. Well lately, Cincinnati has been hit with more snow and ice than usual and our facilities manager, Rob Clark, has been kept busy, keeping up with it all. That’s why this photo, taken by the (9-12) teachers, melts me. These students saw Rob working and volunteered to help him chip away at some remaining wintry spots. How wonderful to see the care our students have for others.