Latest News & Posts

Fri Apr 28

What to Expect at the Spring Fling

Written by Samantha Chase

The Spring Fling is a wonderful annual tradition at Heartwood that both the students and staff look forward to all year. This year it will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 2-5 in the afternoon. This is basically how it works: Before the Event Classrooms choose a “booth” to organize. It may be a game, activity or even some type of food for sale. They set the price for their “booth” and all sales... Read More

Tue Mar 14

It’s Time To Order a Yearbook!

Written by Samantha Chase

New to Heartwood? Trust me, you want a yearbook. Every year the talented Ginny McCollum and a slew of parent volunteers wow us with their dedication to producing a high quality yearbook that captures the heart of Heartwood. The pages are filled with what you would commonly find in a yearbook: class photos, individual pictures of students and coverage of special events. These pages are carefully created keepsakes that I find my family enjoys looking at and reminiscing... Read More

Tue Mar 14

Icelandic Folk Tale Through Movement

Written by Samantha Chase

On March 3rd I had the opportunity to experience a wonderful performance in one of our Lower Elementary classrooms. The children, aged 6-9, spent time every week for the entire month of February to prepare for this performance. Their teachers, Jeny Brill and Karen Meier, provided them opportunities to practice their various roles in class while they took weekly field trips to Open Arts to design the choreography cooperatively with their dance instructor there, Mia Wirth. Because the... Read More

Wed Feb 15

Transitions: Changing Private Schools

Written by Samantha Chase

Transitioning into or out of a school can sometimes feel scary for parents and children alike, especially when they aren’t sure what to expect. We reached out to our community of families to get a feel for what that process was like for them, whether they were coming to Heartwood for the first time or transitioning into a traditional school environment after being immersed in the Montessori world. Our hope is that by sharing these experiences... Read More

Wed Feb 15

Transitions: Moving to a Public Montessori School

Written by Samantha Chase

Transitioning into or out of a school can sometimes feel scary for parents and children alike, especially when they aren’t sure what to expect. We reached out to our community of families to get a feel for what that process was like for them, whether they were coming to Heartwood for the first time or transitioning into a traditional school environment after being immersed in the Montessori world. Our hope is that by sharing these experiences... Read More

Mon Feb 13

Transitions: Moving from a Montessori Environment into a Traditional Classroom

Written by Samantha Chase

Transitioning into or out of a school can sometimes feel scary for parents and children alike, especially when they aren’t sure what to expect. We reached out to our community of families to get a feel for what that process was like for them, whether they were coming to Heartwood for the first time or transitioning into a traditional school environment after being immersed in the Montessori world. Our hope is that by sharing these experiences... Read More

Wed Feb 8

Transitions: Coming to Heartwood From a Traditional School Environment

Written by Samantha Chase

Transitioning into or out of a school can sometimes feel scary for parents and children alike, especially when they aren’t sure what to expect. We reached out to our community of families to get a feel for what that process was like for them, whether they were coming to Heartwood for the first time or transitioning into a traditional school environment after being immersed in the Montessori world. Our hope is that by sharing these experiences... Read More

Fri Jan 20

The Benefits of Montessori Kindergarten

Written by Samantha Chase

If you have a child getting ready to enter kindergarten, you are probably asking yourself the same question that thousands of Montessori parents ask themselves every year. Should you allow your child to continue in a Children’s House for the third year (kindergarten) or should you enroll them in a more traditional public school program? Many families grapple with this question and although there are many factors to consider, cost is usually pretty high on everyone’s list. Why pay for kindergarten when you can... Read More

Thu Jan 5

Identifying and Reducing Anxiety in Children

Written by Samantha Chase

During our December PAG meeting, Dr. Kristen Wynns presented a talk on Identifying and Reducing Anxiety in Children. She opened the talk by sharing her credentials, joking that she was doubly qualified on the topic as she was not only a psychologist but also a parent herself. She has two girls (ages 13 and 10). The first focus of our conversation was on determining whether a child was suffering from anxiety. Although it may be... Read More

Fri Oct 28

Students’ Pizza Business Thrives

Written by Ainsley Rutherford

The UE Pizza Business Co-written by Samantha Chase and Ainsley Rutherford Every Wednesday pizza is delivered to students in multiple classes. At Heartwood Montessori everyone loves pizza, but how does the business really work? Blog editor Samantha Chase provided questions to sixth-grader Ainsley Rutherford, who answers them below.   Who runs the pizza business? The pizza business is run by the upper elementary (UE) class. Both teachers and students participate in running the business.  ... Read More

School Resumes Wednesday, January 11

Heartwood will re-open Wednesday, January 11. Please be very careful coming into the building as there are still many places around campus with thick ice.