Students focus on kindness and caring

For Valentine’s week, New School Montessori students in 1st-3rd grade focused their attention on kindness. Inspiring quotes were placed around the room like Henry James’, “Three things in life are important: The first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” And a quote from The Dalai Lama, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” A large mural of craft paper was placed on the wall for children to use throughout the week for writing ways they could show kindness to others. Students braided friendship bracelets for others, practiced empathy, …

Students created plans for their dream home

New School Montessori students in 1st-3rd grade have channeled their study of arrays, perimeter and area into a fun project where their goal was to create their own plans for a dream home. Before beginning, the class discussed situations in the real world where they might need to purchase carpet or linoleum to exactly cover the square footage of the floor of a bedroom or kitchen. Students chose to work in groups or individually on this project. Each floor plan was required to include bedrooms for family members, kitchen, family room and at least one bathroom in their 1,400 square …

Kindergartner multiplies 9,999 x 9 and the answer takes up much of the classroom

One of our New School Montessori kindergartners has been practicing multiplication with 4-digit numbers and grew curious to know what 9,999 times 9 would be. His teachers had to make some new colored stamps of their own to allow him to build a number that large, but it worked and was fun for the whole class. It turns out that you too can multiply 9,999 by 9 if you have enough floor space and numbered stamp tiles!

Learning about neurodiversity

Hello Friends, Friday night, a group of parents gathered in the Growing Room for TNSM’s Chat Series which was hosted by the Diversity and Community Engagement Committee. Over good food, a little wine, and great company, we engaged in meaningful conversations about how to embrace, celebrate, and support neurodiversity within our community.   Through facilitated discussions, TED talks, and computer simulations, we took a deep dive into what neurodiversity means. One salient observation was that judging a fish by how well it rides a bike is a great example for the  inherent flaws within some standardized measures of student success. …

Kindergartners have begun researching characters for the play they’re writing

New School Montessori kindergartners produce a play each spring for our community. These playwrights have begun their process by laying out the basic story and are getting to know their characters so they can write the script, develop costumes, sets, choreography and music to add to the production. After finalizing the setting for the play, each kindergartner chose a character and then researched that character to aid in adding richness to the story. They will perform their production for us on Friday, May 1.  

Where in the world are we?

New School Montessori 1st-3rd grade students are answering that age-old question of where they are in the world by using a material called My Cosmic Address. This lesson takes students on a guided mission that begins in the darkness of space, leads them to a spiral cluster of stars called the Milky Way Galaxy, points out a particular star called the sun, introduces them to the planets orbiting that sun, welcomes them to our good old Earth, shows them North American, our United States, our state of Ohio, the city of Cincinnati, Burton Woods Lane, our New School Montessori, our …

A Golden Year Approaches

Hello Friends,   You may or may not know that next school year (20/21) will be TNSM’s 50th birthday.  Our golden year .  It is a remarkable honor for me to be a part of TNSM’s journey as a parent of two children, a former teacher in the (9-12) program, and as the Head of School. I am grateful to be here during a moment that allows us to celebrate our past while dreaming about our future.  I have been talking with alumni parents, students, former board chairs and Heads of School. Each of them shared how The New School has impacted …

Juicing to birding – it’s all in a day’s work

From juicing to birding. New School Montessori preprimary students recycled orange rinds left over from juicing to create natural bird feeders to hang in the trees of the preprimary woods.  

Juicing to birding, it’s all in a day’s work

From juicing to birding. New School Montessori preprimary students recycled orange rinds left over from juicing to create natural bird feeders to hang in the trees of the preprimary woods.

Studying the history of language and early forms of communication

Texting, posting, chatting, and phone calls: these are all modern methods of communication available to us now. Over the centuries, humans have developed numerous ways to communicate their ideas. Whether it be through written, spoken or sign language, dance, art or drama, human have a need to express themselves and leave a mark. New School Montessori students in 1st through 3rd grade learned about early human beings and the methods of communication available to them at that time in history. By looking at cave paintings found in the French Lascaux Caves, students imagined what people from that time would have …