Latest News & Posts

Thu Feb 7

Faculty Focus: Teaching Montessori Internationally

Written by Ginny McCollum

Faculty Focus is an ongoing series, featuring articles written by Heartwood’s own panel of experts. This installment comes from Upper School Director Ray McClure. If you were to walk into a traditional classroom in different countries throughout the world, you would certainly see many differences. A traditional classroom in the United States looks very different from one in China or Poland, because culture, national standards and measurements of educational success guide what is being done... Read More

Wed Jan 9

Q&A: Can an older child transition from traditional school to Montessori?

Written by Ginny McCollum

For families considering a move from traditional school to Montessori, the question of transition is key. How will the child adapt to the materials, culture, and expectations of this environment? Can an older student make the leap, or does Montessori have to be experienced “from the ground up”? Recently, this question was posed to our Upper School Director Missy McClure through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies blog. You can find her answer below, as... Read More

Tue Jan 8

Faculty Focus: Montessori in Secondary Education

Written by Ginny McCollum

Faculty Focus is an ongoing series, featuring articles written by Heartwood’s own panel of experts. This installment comes from Upper School Director Missy McClure. There’s a flow in Montessori schools that begins in the Toddler House and continues through the all of the levels, in all of the classrooms — Dr. Montessori’s steadfast belief that “The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” (Education and Peace). In the Upper School, we continue... Read More

Tue Jan 8

Faculty Focus: Montessori Music Education

Written by Ginny McCollum

Faculty Focus is an ongoing series, featuring articles written by Heartwood’s own panel of experts. This installment comes from Children’s House assistant Lynda Dawson. Every human group loves music. Each creates its own music, just as it does its own language. Each group responds to its own music by bodily movements and accompanies it with words. None of the animals have music and dancing, but the whole of mankind, in all its parts of the... Read More

Tue Jan 8

Faculty Focus: Standardized Testing and Montessori

Written by Ginny McCollum

Faculty Focus is an ongoing series, featuring articles written by Heartwood’s own panel of experts. This installment comes from Lower Elementary lead Bridget Dickerson. Many people ask why a Montessori school would administer a standardized test, since we don’t usually test our students. It’s a North Carolina state requirement to administer a nationally standardized achievement test each year, but testing is only one small part of our answer to the big question, “How is the... Read More

Tue Apr 17

Nurturing Nature in a Digital Age

Written by Ginny McCollum

“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature,” Maria Montessori wrote in The Secret of Childhood. “Speeding up the march of progress and at the same time being in touch with Nature create a difficult social problem.” Eighty years later, we face this problem every time we choose between sunshine and screen time. Even outdoors, it can take some... Read More

Thu Nov 2

Traditions: The Thanksgiving Feast

Written by Samantha Chase

Traditions When my family first joined the Heartwood community, I fell in love with its traditions. It was hard not to. They were fun! Who doesn’t love dressing up and parading around the school or getting together with your closest friends to play carnival games on the playground? However, as I have become more familiar with this wonderful school, I have come to realize something important. The magic I feel during our yearly traditions exists because of... Read More

Wed Oct 25

Traditions: The Costume Parade

Written by Samantha Chase

Traditions When my family first joined the Heartwood community, I fell in love with its traditions. It was hard not to. They were fun! Who doesn’t love dressing up and parading around the school or getting together with your closest friends to play carnival games on the playground? However, as I have become more familiar with this wonderful school, I have come to realize something important. The magic I feel during our yearly traditions exists because of... Read More

Fri Sep 1

What is Go?

Written by Staysee Teague and Elizabeth Hieronymus

“Go is the one game in which . . . everyone begins with an empty board and with no limitations, and what happens thereafter is . . . only the quality of your own mind.” — Go and the Three Games, by William Pinckard   Heartwood Montessori is excited to be hosting a new club this fall… the game of Go! Go is an ancient strategic game; now one of the most popular games in... Read More

Wed May 17

Spring Fling Success

Written by Samantha Chase

On May 6th, Heartwood families gathered to celebrate our school community with our annual Spring Fling. Teachers, staff members and parent volunteers worked together to man a variety of different activities. Plinko, sack races, and a bean bag toss were some of the games that were available this year. Our Lower Elementary students organized a Creation Station where customers could use their imaginations to create works of art using a variety of recyclables. The middle and... Read More

Open House/Enrollment 2019-20

Open to the Public:  See events calendar for upcoming information meetings for all age groups!