6709 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85205   480-830-5887  desertshadows@mac.com

Love of learning

Children at DSM are introduced to ideas and concepts through small steps. Materials are designed to allow children to see their own mistakes and to discover new ideas at various developmental levels.

Children's House

A program for children 2.5 - 6 years old.

Children 2.5 years through kindergarten experience the same environment, together. This allows for children to develop at their own pace. Younger children can observe older children's work and lessons.

Children in our Montessori classroom  choose what they would like to do during the day. They also choose how long they would like to spend on each activity or "work." The materials in the classroom are presented individually to children. Materials are designed to be self-correcting and interesting to children while extending concentration.

Process not product

Children at this age are not little adults. They are interested in the process of doing something, not the results. The Montessori classroom  focuses the child on the process, where she is individually. 

Children in the Montessori classroom are not rushed from one activity to the next. Concentration is valued. Children are encouraged to develop their focus as their activities become more complex.

Children's house

The classroom is designed to be a children's house. Children are full participants in maintaining the classroom. This also means that if a group of children is fascinated by a topic, we will take the time to explore the topic in more depth.