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Heartwood Montessori School

112 Byrum St
Cary, NC 27511-3402

(919) 465-2113


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting works that lead into addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Not Applicable
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish

From the Director:

Children are given lessons on the activies that are present in the classroom environment. After the children have recieved the lesson, they are able to choose that activity at any point in time during the class cycle. There are certain plans that the children are given each day that they must complete before the end of the morning. For example, some mornings children are instructed to do math, writing and art.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers give a lesson every morning and introduce a new "work" into the classroom environment. Children who are having trouble choosing an activity in the classroom are directed by the teacher. If I children is struggling in a particular area the lead or assistant teacher will work one on one with them in order to help them better grasp the concepts. If several children are struggling with the same area of study the lead or assistant teacher will sometimes hold a small group lesson in order to help clarify the information that they are struggling with. If a child wishes to work on their own, as long as they are actually working, they are left to themselves, or can work with a friend. If a child wants a teacher to help, or work with them, the teacher is more than willing to provide that for the child, whether the are behind or not.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Respect for the child is the cornerstone of Heartwood's philosophy.
At all levels and all areas, Heartwood places the needs of the child first. The staff believes that children, not subjects are taught. The Montessori Method is based on careful observation of and respect for the natural development of the child and has been used in schools around the world for over 90 years. The Montessori approach recognizes that a child is more responsive to certain learning experiences at particular times or \"sensitive periods.\" Careful observation allows the Montessori-trained teacher to recognize these sensitive periods when a child is ready for a new learning experience. The teacher then can direct the child toward materials that will satisfy his or her developmental needs.
Heartwood Montessori School was founded in 1991 by a small team of teachers who were not only dedicated to the Montessori Philosophy but also to creating an environment that was a loving, comfortable place for children, parents and teachers alike. The teachers at Heartwood are trained Montessorians, certified through the American Montessori Society. The ability of the staff, combined with their commitment and dedication to the educational and social welfare of the students at Heartwood, provides an environment that promotes a love of learning.
\" is not something the teacher does, but it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not aquired by listening to words, but by virtue of experience in which the child acts on his environment.\"
Excerpted from the preschool's website