Primary Assistant Overview Training – August 8th- through August 12 Raleigh, NC.

Dear Montessori Friends,

I am looking forward once again, to offering the Primary Assistant Overview Training. The training will take place August 8th- through August 12 at Follow the Child Montessori School in Raleigh, NC. Class will begin at 9:00 am sharp and end 4:00 pm.

The purpose of this program is to provide Montessori assistants a solid understanding of the 3-6 environment.
The content includes:

Maria Montessori and the Montessori Method of education

  • The developmental needs of children
  • The role of the assistant
  • Sequencing of materials-Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Cultural Studies
  • Making and recording observations

Each day we will begin promptly at 9:00 am. We will begin with a short discussion pertaining to development, theory and philosophy. After morning discussion, we will have a period of presentations and if needed practice with the materials.

Each student will be given plenty of time to create, problem solve and develop a sequence of materials that are enticing and beautiful.

Please wear comfortable clothing, bring your own snacks/lunch and drinks. You will have a 45 minute lunch break.

The cost of this program is $300.00. Checks may be payable and mailed to:

Follow the Child Montessori School,
3601 Harden Rd Raleigh, NC 27607
Credit cards will not be accepted

This class is limited to 25 students. Reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis. Registration closes July 25, 2016.
In order to register, please contact

Payment must received no later than July 31st.

You will receive a certificate of attendance for 30 hours of Assistant training. This program has been approved through DHHS.

Please feel free to contact Cathy Constantine if you have any questions.

Cathy C.

TMSA wishes Betsy Lovejoy a Farewell

TMSA founding member and consummate Montessorian Betsy Lovejoy was honored on April 27th, 2016 at Goji’s Bistro in Cary during her final TMSA dinner as acting head of TMSA.  Betsy will remain active in the Montessori community, but in the short term will enjoy travel and time with her beautiful grandchildren.  MSR HOS, Nancy Errichetti, presented Betsy a beautiful gift on behalf of the TMSA organization.   On Betsy’s last official day as head, her request was for all Montessori schools in the Triangle to join international peace efforts to create a global movement for peace.   More on Peace opportunities. 

Introducing Amazing Athletes

We are excited about a new physical education offering to Triangle schools called Amazing Athletes.  Ms. Caroline offers a number of different sports’ fundamental skills as well as nutrition awareness and more.  She serves Toddlers through Elementary students.  We encourage you to have her give your school a free demo–we did and the students enjoyed it very much.  We’re excited to have parents register their students for this dynamic and varied sports program that is held during school hours.
Rachel Kincaid at Renaissance Montessori

Renaissance Montessori School of Cary

A bilingual Montessori preschool

610 Nottingham Drive, Cary, 27511
office (919) 439-0130
cellular (919) 744-8934

Job Opening: Primary Level Lead Teacher in Cary, NC


Renaissance Montessori, a bilingual preschool located in Cary, North Carolina, is looking for a primary level teacher. This english speaking teacher would serve as the lead of one of our 3-6 year old classrooms, and would work with a spanish-speaking aide. Eligible candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and a primary teacher certificate from an AMI, AMS, IMC or MACTE accredited teacher training program. Interested candidates should email their resumes and salary requirements to mseldin(at)

Heartwood Montessori School celebrates 25 years!

Join us on March 11th,  6:30-9:00 PM, at the Matthew’s House in Cary for a special night of food, a full cash bar, music, dancing, and lots of great prizes from our Silent Auction.   All the money raised at this event will go towards the phased building of a brand new multi-purpose room that can be enjoyed by students and teachers for many years to come.

This evening is not restricted to only Heartwood families.  We would love to see our Montessori colleagues and friends for a fun night out.

We are hoping to raise $25K with the help of the Montessori community.

Purchase tickets at

Heartwood was founded in 1991 with 30 students ages 3-9.  Now, 25 years later, we have 180 students ages 18mos through 18 years!  What a ride it has been!!

Please join us to celebrate Montessori education.

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!


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)

 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; 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.



 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