Alumna Annabel Forman visits TNSM and tells of her travels and work in Hong Kong, Prague and Chicago.

We had the pleasure of seeing 2013 alumna Annabel Forman this fall for a tour of the campus, a chat and to reconnect after many years apart. I reminded Annabel of the musicals she used to direct each day during recess on the Mansion Porch. She and head of school Jeff Groh reminisced about Shakespeare plays from the past and looked at brief clips of TNSM Shakespeare videos.  Annabel took us on a journey as she explained how her education has taken her all over the world. She said, “I was so sure I was going straight to college. But …

2017 Alumni Share Their Future Plans

Lillie Barger Lillie credits her time at The New School with helping her develop strong social skills and critical thinking abilities that she has used throughout high school and will take with her into the future. At Walnut Hills, Lillie was active in the fashion club and played on the school softball team for four years. Lillie’s jobs have meant a lot to her over the years and have helped bring her career goals into focus. Through Lillie’s work with TAP Healthcare, she was able to see many different jobs in the healthcare field. Working for Panera for 2 years …

The “why” behind giving at TNSM

Dear New School Montessori Parents, I hope this message finds you well. As we continue our Annual Giving Campaign, we want to take a moment to emphasize the importance of your participation in our various fundraising efforts, as well as provide some information around the “Why” behind our fundraising. At The New School Montessori, we are dedicated to providing the best Montessori educational experience for our students. To do this, we rely on the support of our incredible community of parents, grandparents and alumni. Your contributions to our fundraisers help bridge the gap between tuition costs and the actual operating …

(9-12) Students learned about sunspots and solar flares while viewing through 2 telescopes

New School Montessori (9-12) students spent some time looking safely at the sun through special glasses and telescopes made with protective filters for the purpose of studying sunspots and solar flares. (9-12) teacher Casey Rodriguez invited her dad, Jeff, to share some of his knowledge of astronomy with her students. Jeff Rodriguez is a retired high school physics teacher who now volunteers with the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Jeff cautioned students not to look at the sun unless they were looking through his particular telescopes that were equipped with the proper filters, or unless they were wearing the protective glasses. Jeff …

Johnnyé White: She’s not a book, she’s a library!

Hello Friends, I’ve been lucky in my life in many ways.  One way, in particular, has been the people who I have had the great fortune to learn from.  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an event that was honoring Johnnyé White, our Appreciating Differences and Civil Rights teacher.  She was accepting a Volunteer of the Year Award for providing free food and clothing for those in need through her organization, the Oasis at Grace.  Johnnyé has been at The New School Montessori for nearly 30 years.  Our students love her.  Alumni students still ask about …

New Meta Study: Montessori Leads to Positive Student Outcomes

Hello Friends, I came across an article in Montessori Life Magazine that I wanted to share.  It was written by the former principal at Clark Montessori and a TNSM alumni parent, Dr. Dean Blase! “Montessori educators have all experienced it: walking into a well-run, humming classroom where children are focused on learning, making and reinforcing new discoveries, and demonstrating works to younger peers. Where teachers are happily engaged in the best adult work imaginable, ‘observing the children, judging their ripeness, and figuring out when and how to stoke a child’s interest.’ (Randolph et al 2023, 2.2). These images bring us …

Thank You For Coming To Our Harvest Moon Festival

Dear Friends, We hope this message finds you well. We wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for your participation in our recent Harvest Moon Festival. It was a truly magical evening, and we couldn’t have done it without your enthusiastic support. The Harvest Moon Festival was a celebration of our school’s rich diversity, and it was incredible to see so many families come together to share in the spirit of unity and cultural exchange. Each dish that represented a family or culture was not just a culinary delight but also a testament to the beautiful tapestry …

The Long Bead Chain

Hello Friends, Right outside my office, I have had the joy of watching our (6-9) students working on one of the most iconic Montessori materials – the Long Bead Chain. As you may know, Montessori education is founded on the belief that children learn best when they can interact with concrete materials to grasp abstract concepts. The Long Bead Chain is a prime example of how this philosophy is put into practice. The Long Bead Chain is a physical representation of abstract mathematical concepts such as linear counting, skip counting, and multiplication. It consists of a series of colored beads, …

Unstructured Outdoor Play

Hello Friends, I hope this message finds you well. As we journey through another exciting year at The New School Montessori, we wanted to take a moment to emphasize the importance and numerous benefits of unstructured outdoor play for our students. As Montessorians, we believe children learn best when they have the freedom to explore, create, and discover on their own terms. Unstructured outdoor playtime is a fundamental component of this approach, and it offers a multitude of advantages for your child’s development. Outdoor environments provide endless opportunities for imaginative play. Our students can build huts, create nature-inspired artwork, and …

Cosmic Education

Hello Friends, I wanted to take a moment to delve into an integral aspect of our educational philosophy – Cosmic Education – and specifically, Maria Montessori’s Five Great Lessons that underpin this unique approach. Cosmic Education, in our lower and upper elementary programs, is a cornerstone of the Montessori method that seeks to instill a profound sense of wonder, interconnectedness, and understanding in our students. It goes beyond traditional subjects and aims to provide a holistic perspective of the Universe, fostering a lifelong love for learning and an appreciation for the world we inhabit. Maria Montessori’s Five Great Lessons are …