Pinewoods Montessori in Hillsborough, NC provides an authentic Montessori education in which children develop of love of learning within a safe, peaceful setting.

Pinewoods Montessori in Hillsborough, NC provides an authentic Montessori education in which children develop of love of learning within a safe, peaceful setting.

Teaching your child perseverance

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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!


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

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.


* Registration is free but required

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Now hiring: Assistant Elementary Teacher

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Pinewoods Montessori in Hillsborough, NC is seeking a dedicated, nurturing individual or an assistant position in our Lower Elementary classroom.

Candidate should have at least one year experience with school-aged children. The ideal candidate would be organized and good at multi-tasking/classroom management.  This is a part time position 8:30am-1:00pm.  Compensation is based on education and experience.

Contact Jennifer Sewell at or call 919-644-2090. Learn more about Pinewoods at

Presentation on ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder panel discussion at Pinewoods Montessori in Hillsborough, NCBeyond the Label: Developmental Differences in ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

You are your child’s first teacher. That may make you the first person to notice or worry about the possibility of a learning disability. With the right information, you can be the best advocate for your child.

Pinewoods Montessori welcomes three local experts in the field of child behavorial development for a panel discussion on ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. Their presentations will discuss:

  • What are the developmental milestones and warning signs?
  • Who are the professional resources and what do they do?
  • What are the treatment options?
  • What are the pros and cons of a diagnosis?

Parents, educators and caregivers are encouraged to attend. A Q&A session will follow. Childcare will be provided. The event is free but registration is required.

Learn more about our presenters and Pinewoods Montessori.


Now hiring: Assistant teacher in primary Montessori class

Pinewoods Montessori, in Hillsborough, NC, is seeking a part-time primary assistant teacher.  Applicants should have at least 1 year experience working with preschool aged children and a knowledge/appreciation for the Montessori philosophy.  Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.  Bachelors degree is preferred but not required.

Hours: 8:15am-12:15pm (Monday-Friday)

Pay:  Between $9.50-$11.00 per hour (based on experience)

Please send your resume and cover letter to Jennifer Sewell, head of school, at or call 919-644-2090 for more information.

Montessori Preschool Open House

“Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life.”

– Maria Montessori


Pinewoods Montessori School LogoCome to the Pinewoods Montessori Open House and explore our classrooms, meet our teachers and discover what makes this community so special. We are enrolling children ages 18 months through 12 years old for the 2014-2015 school year. Pinewoods offers 3 mornings or 5 mornings a week for our half day toddler and preschool program.

-> Learn more about our toddler program

-> Learn more about our primary (preschool) program

-> Learn more about our elementary program


We are located in Historic Hillsborough, NC, convenient to Mebane, Chapel Hill and north Durham. We are close to I-85 and I-40. For more information, or to schedule a private tour, please email or call 919-644-2090 anytime.