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The Montessori Philosophy

How does it compare to conventional schooling?


Montessori is a hands-on approach to learning. It encourages children to develop their observation skills through activities that use the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and gross motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.

A 2006 study published in the journal Science (“The Early Years: Evaluating Montessori Education,” by Lillard and Else-Quest) concluded that Montessori students performed better than those who attended conventional schools — not only in traditional academic areas such as language and math, but also in social skills. They performed better on standardized tests of reading and math, engaged more in positive interaction on the playground, and showed advanced social cognition and executive control. They also showed more concern for fairness and justice.

At the end of elementary school, Montessori children wrote more creative essays with more complex sentence structures, selected more positive responses to social dilemmas, and reported feeling a better sense of community at their school.

Click here to read an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “The Montessori Mafia.”

Videos on the Montessori Philosophy

This short video provides an excellent perspective provided by one parent on the benefits of a Montessori education. It addresses, for the most part, Montessori education through grade 6. The Montessori secondary program (grades 7–12), although still conducted according to the same methodology, expands beyond the elementary to accommodate the needs of the adolescent.

Why wait for Superman? The Madmen are pleased to announce a new Montessori video, by one of its members.

It is important to recognize the individualized nature of a Montessori education. Our classes are student-centered, not teacher-centered. Each student progresses at his own pace and is encouraged to grow in knowledge and ability beyond his traditional grade level whenever possible.

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Montessori Philosophy

Montessori PhilosophyThe Montessori Philosophy encourages children to develop their observation skills through activities that use the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and gross motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.

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Enrichment Programs

Montessori Schools of Flagstaff Enrichment ProgramsTo meet the needs of working parents, we offer a before- and after-school program designed for children 18 months–12 years. The older children can sign up for the many special classes offered after school such as drama, art classes, and music lessons.

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