Purposeful Work or Child’s Play?

I love the beauty and value that is innate to all Montessori materials.  Whether it from a shelf provided for language, one for math, one to peak the senses or for practical life, it is a work designed with great knowledge about child development and a purpose in mind.  To the child it is play, to their potential it is a gift.   Take the trinomial cube for example, it is a work of beauty and purpose.  Beauty?  Look at it.  Purpose?  Think about it.  She is using great care to keep her space and material organized, she is working independently, …

Online Magazine Ordering Process

Congratulations everyone. We sold $12,111 worth of magazines and gift wrap this year! The school receives 50% of every sale and with so many of you participating, it doesn’t take long to add up. So far this year we’ve raised $6,055.50. If you didn’t get a chance to buy magazines and would like the chance to place an order perhaps as a holiday gift, you can still purchase a magazine until December 10, that will benefit the school.   The kids were excited to spin the wheel to see what additional prize they might win after their sale. Go to …

Spanish Class Sings Days of the Week

Second and third graders at The New School Montessori put the days of the week in the proper order while singing a Spanish “days of the week” song with teacher Ximena Flores. Notice that Ximena and the children are using many different ways of learning, including song, sign language and physical arrangement of the days of the week. Click here to watch the video or press play below.

Where’s my van Gogh?

I’m sharing a way I enjoyed art with my daughter and her friends when they were little. Not many 4-year-olds own a van Gogh, but my daughter Emily did. She held it carefully in one of her hands and fanned herself with it from time to time while searching upstairs, downstairs and in every hallway of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Emily was looking for a painting that matched her van Gogh postcard from the gift shop. Sometimes she would invite one of her friends to come along with us on the adventure. When we arrived, the girls would choose their …

Inspired by the Work of Paul Klee

Kindergartners at The New School Montessori were inspired by the work of Paul Klee. They experimented with one color flowing into another and incorporated nature into their work. The kindergartners have a show coming up soon and are busy creating new works to share with our community. [fbphotos id=510233859062490]

Singing a Simple Little Song

Let the 3rd graders brighten your day as they sing a “Simple Little Song.” Teacher Andrea Rosenthal Warnken accompanies on the piano and notice the tricky cinematography as I circle the room catching the light, the smiles and all those other Oscar-winning moments. See if you can tell where I tripped and knocked a drink over. Click here to see the video or click play below.  

Fractions and Polygons and Magnets Oh My!

Lots of fractions were happening today and some polygon study too. Once Jack brought the magnets out, the Montessori work drew in a cluster of other boys… like a magnet! [fbphotos id=510187132400496]

I don’t know

Heard a great piece this morning on NPR as I was driving my oldest to the School for the Creative Arts.  It was with author Leah Hager Cohen who was talking about her book I don’t know:  In Praise for Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn’t).  While I appreciated the conversation that she had with Scott Simon about honoring self-doubt and admitting when you don’t know something, what struck me as particularly insightful was her take on children who are now graduating from high school.  She noted that these children are the first to have spent their entire childhood in …

Montessori- Creating the New Education

As educators, the need to always further our own education is unquestionably important.  In doing so, I have recently had the pleasure of reading Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s Pedogogy of the Oppressed.  In it, Freire outlines his ideas and plans for mending disconnections that exist between traditional models of education and those students/people who are oppressed and marginalized by such models.  In simple terms, he discounts the “Banking System” of education where generally speaking, educators are tasked with pouring the information they know into the minds of the students sitting in front of them. To his point, I am pleased …