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Fri Mar 22

Life, the Universe, and Everything: A Cosmic 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 Lower Elementary lead Bridget Dickerson. In their book Children of the Universe, Montessorians Michael and D’Neil Duffy sum up the purpose of Cosmic Education neatly: “This six-year Montessori experience gives elementary students opportunities to appreciate their roots in the universe, to sense their place in its context, and to embrace the role this defines for their... Read More

Thu Feb 28

Montessori Kids in “Real Life”

Written by Ginny McCollum

We hear it pretty often. “Montessori’s great and all, but what about when they get out in the real world?” Sometimes, it’s a concern about transitioning to the desks and workbooks of a traditional classroom. Other times, the person is worrying about how their child will perform in college or the workplace, or just wondering how an unplugged education fits into a digital world. Either way, there’s plenty of evidence that Montessori kids can do... Read More

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

Open House/Enrollment 2019-20

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