Teaching your child perseverance

Teach perseverance from Pinewoods montessori in hillsborough nc

Perseverance is having the self-discipline to complete a task in spite of being confronted with difficulties.

The Montessori classroom is designed to help children develop perseverance. The “works” in the classroom are intentionally crafted to allow children to master a task independently as long as they put forth some effort. Montessori materials have a “control of error” which means that the work is designed so that the child receives feedback as she works, allowing her to recognize, correct, and learn from mistakes without adult assistance.

In this day and time, in an effort to “protect” our children, we, as parents, often step in unnecessarily. Just the other day I found myself doing that very thing: My daughter has been wanting to buckle her car seat in the mornings. One morning she was having trouble buckling one of the latches on the 5-point harness seat.

She began whining/crying and talking to herself. Not wanting this process to cause her distress, I reached in and buckled the latch. This only exasperated the problem. My daughter screamed, “but I wanted to do it myself!” At this point in time, my Montessori thought process kicked in: She did not ask for my help nor did I ask if she wanted help before I intervened.

In moving forward, I have intentionally not stepped in even when she becomes frustrated. She now is able to get the latches buckled and is so proud of her accomplishment. I have learned that listening to a few minutes of whining and crying is a small sacrifice for allowing my daughter to develop perseverance and independence.

How can we encourage perseverance in our children?

From years of working with families I have discovered that when a child encounters a problem, parents often look to circumstances, settings or the environments as the source. While in some instances that may be the case, we can generally can not solve a child’s problem by simply removing them from the circumstances or environment. What message are we sending our children?

As adults if we are having conflict with a fellow co-worker should we simply switch jobs? If the task our boss has given us is a little harder than expected should we find a new place to work?

No, we should try to resolve our conflict with a fellow co-worker and ask for help when a task is a little much for us. These concepts are what we should strive to teach our children as we prepare them for adulthood. We can do this by adhering to the following:

1. Believe in your child’s ability to achieve
2. Expect your child to finish what he/she starts
3. Provide positive feedback when your child puts forth effort
4. Help your child realize that everyone makes mistakes but the most important thing is to keep trying.
5. Motivate your child to try new things
6. Tell your child to ask for help when needed
7. Encourage your child to take responsibility for himself/herself and make constructive choices.

Helping children learn to be patient and persist in spite of struggles or failure are attributes that will contribute to their future success. The Montessori classroom is designed for this so let’s make sure that we as parents encourage perseverance outside of the classroom as well!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Sewell is the head of school at Pinewoods Montessori in Hillsborough, NC.

2016 TMSA Winter Symposium

2016 TMSA Winter Symposium

Download Fliers: (Friday for Parents | Saturday For Teachers)

 WHAT  2016 TMSA WINTER SYMPOSIUM
 WHEN  Saturday, February 20, 2016

AM Session: 8:00 – 12:00

Kingswood School Tour: 12:00 – 12:30

Jason’s Deli Box Lunch – 12:30 – 12:50

PM Session: 1:00 – 3:00

 WHERE  Kingswood Montessori STEM Magnet School

200 E Johnson Street, Cary, NC 27513

(Due to limited parking, Car pooling is  recommended!)

 SPEAKER  Jonathan Wolff, Renowned Montessori  Speaker; www.jonathanwolff.org. Montessori Educational Consultant, Trainer, Speaker, Author, Educator, Administrator.
 COST  Register for each session and the box lunch   separately. Registration obligates your  payment.

AM Session:    $25.00 / Faculty & Administrators

Box Lunch:      $8.00

PM Session:     $10.00 / Administrators & Faculty

Register for each segment.

Be certain to submit YOUR NAME and YOUR SCHOOL  in the comments.

Please only list one person per registration slot.

 Lunches MUST be PRE-ORDERED through  SignUp Genius. Please be sure you know  whether your school will be providing payment  for lunch or whether you wil be paying on  site.Those wishing to pay for their  lunch  on site must bring exact change or a check  payable to TMSA.

 REGISTRATION

 DEADLINE

 Monday, February 15, 2016
 CREDITS  DHHS In-service and Elementary credit hours  earned:

AM Session: 3.0 credits

PM Session: 2.0 credits

 QUESTIONS  Betsy Lovejoy

blovejoy@ncr.rr.com

919-608-2028

Independence Montessori Academy Lead Teacher Opening

At Independence Montessori Academy, our mission is to cultivate the innate inquisitive nature of each child, to foster their physical, mental, and emotional development, and to provide rich and diverse educational experiences that inspire them, and help them develop the confidence to become mentors, leaders, and stewards of their environment.

We are seeking educators who want to be a part of a culture in which the student, teacher, and family thrive. Our staff will be enabled to do what they do best: effectively and joyously guide children on a path of independence, growth, and learning. Our programs for personal and professional enrichment encourage our staff to advance in all areas of their lives. We are creating a unique culture within Independence and are looking for the very best applicants to help us foster this new community.

This posting is for the Lead Teacher position in a mixed Upper and Lower Elementary Montessori classroom. Our students are in 1st through 6th grades. Extra training or specialization in arts, language, literature, and physical education are valued and will be utilized, but are not required. Montessori experience is REQUIRED. Montessori certification is preferred.

Major areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding and promoting the school’s vision, mission, and goals to students, parents, and community.
  • Working with the community of administrators, teachers, parents, students, and board of directors, in articulating and maintaining the integrity and scope of the Montessori method.
  • Preparing the Montessori classroom environment to meet the students’ needs and interests.
  • Presenting consistent individual and group lessons to the students and supporting each child’s direction and success.
  • Meeting regularly with students to work with them in assessing their own success and facilitating an individual path of progress.
  • Working with students of varying abilities in the classroom.
  • Maintaining student records, reports, and evaluations.
  • Participate in field trips.
  • Continuing professional development and participating in recommended conferences, training programs, courses, and other areas of professional growth.

Applicants MUST have:

  • MONTESSORI elementary teaching certification OR experience in a Montessori Elementary classroom
  • Legal ability to work in the US; and if applying from out of the US must already have a Visa. We will not be able to assist in Visa applications at this time.

Applicants will be preferred with:

  • Previous Montessori experience
  • Montessori Certification from AMS, AMI, or NAMC
  • 4 year degree
  • Bilingual
  • Yoga Teacher Certificate or Training

Benefits package includes:

  • Group Health Insurance
  • AFLAC availability
  • Educational Assistance Program
  • Paid Sick and Vacation Days
  • Employee Recognition and Incentive Program
  • Personal Enrichment Opportunities

Please reply with a cover letter and copy of your resume of CV for consideration.

Job Type: Contract

Required experience:

Montessori elementary training (upper or lower): 1 year

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Reply to: careers@independencemontessori.com

EVENT: Why Montessori Learning Is Good For Kids’ Brains

A special presentation facilitated by Dr. Patricia Leigh of Leigh Brain and Spine

Join Pinewoods Montessori and Dr. Leigh to learn about different types of learners and how each type’s brain is functioning including: ADHD, gifted learners, children with learning challenges, and those with anxiety and anxiousness behaviors.

November 17, 2015

6:30 – 7:30pm

Pinewoods Montessori School

109 Millstone Dr.

Hillsborough, NC 27278
Montessori learning principles will be highlighted and shown how each helps children’s brains develop ideally, including: classroom approach and design, learning materials, teacher guidance, multi-age groupings, and more.

Dr. Leigh will share brain-based techniques and strategies for immediate implementation in your current practices to help students reach their fullest potential

Attendees will be entered into a raffle for a free brain scan for a child from Dr. leigh and her staff.

REGISTER HERE

* Registration is free but required

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The Montessori School of Raleigh Expands with New Upper School

MSR Upper School site plan

The Montessori School of Raleigh plans to expand its program offering through twelfth grade with the addition of an upper school. MSR’s future Upper School will be located on the Brier Creek campus, nestled on 40 acres of forest, streams and wildlife in southern Durham County, which currently houses the Middle School. This campus will provide students the care, support, and freedom to be themselves. It means more space, more masterful teachers, more experiential learning, and more opportunities to collaborate across grade levels.

MSR will offer green learning “collaboratories” and environmentally unobtrusive learning stations throughout the 40 acre campus to allow students to benefit from both indoor classroom and outdoor learning opportunities through environmental awareness, scientific field studies, community service, and other forms of outdoor education.

The Upper School will emphasize the deep integration of academic subject matter, student-directed and student-paced learning, practical life skills, social and emotional intelligence, and other real-life learning by providing:

  • A highly regarded two-year IB Diploma Programme as an option for grades 11 and 12 that will highlight critical thinking, rigorous research and exams, thesis writing, a “Theory of Knowledge” course, and other advanced college preparation.
  • A college counseling program that intentionally prepares students for application and admission to a range of best-fit colleges and universities.
  • Extraordinary opportunities for collaborations and real-world internships.
  • Hands-on experience and exposure to a diverse range of art and music forms and materials.
  • A robust, competitive athletics program, with plans to add new teams to our lineup, including boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and tennis and girls’ field hockey.

To learn more about the new Upper School, visit msr.org or schedule a visit today!

Tour and Information Sessions for grades 7–9

October 13, 2015
November 10, 2015
December 8, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: 408 Andrews Chapel Road, Durham NC 27703