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Our mission is to bless the lives of our children and their families. We teach truth and support correct principles, and assist children in meeting their spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and Academic needs.

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Dayspring Montessori is a Montessori preschool that has been serving the St. George, UT area for over 20 years. We have recently moved into the Dixie Montessori Academy charter school building where students can continue their Montessori education up to 7th grade. Dayspring first opened its doors in 1995. Their first campus was located in a small residential house on 700 South next to what is now Harmon’s Grocers.

From a small class of 12 to a school campus of 150, Dayspring expanded immensely in the following years andmoved to their second ,and larger, location in Downtown St. George in 1997. In 2012, owner Julie Wand decided to expand her vision and began planning the curriculum and implementation of what is now Dixie Montessori Academy – a public charter school serving all of Washington County. In 2014, Dayspring closed its elementary campus and moved its preschool into the DMA campus in order to provide a complete educational experience to parents and families of both schools.

What is Montessori?

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The Montessori math curriculum is presented to children first through concrete materials that allow...

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The Montessori math curriculum is presented to children first through concrete materials that allow for hands­on exploration of a concept. The goals of the math curriculum are quite extensive, beginning with an understanding of quantity and symbol, progressing to place value and experiences with the four operations of mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). When children at this level demonstrate a concrete understanding of these math concepts, they may be ready to move on to the more advanced exercises in memorization, abstraction, and fraction work.


The language curriculum supports a child’s development in three aspects: spoken, written, and reading. The language curriculum is quite extensive, with various goals in each of these subsets. Spoken language curriculum helps the child perfect his ability to communicate and express himself appropriately with others.


The goals of the science curriculum are to offer concrete exploration of the physical and life sciences to further classify the child’s understanding of his world.

Practical & Sensorial Skills

Practical life activities further aid in a child’s development of logical thought, ability to sequence...

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Practical & Sensorial Skills


Practical life activities further aid in a child’s development of logical thought, ability to sequence and explore spatial relationships, and promote cultural awareness and adaptation. Practical life exercises are indirectly preparing children for later exercises in reading and writing.


The sensorial curriculum engages a child’s natural tendency to explore the physical world around him through the involvement of all his senses. The sensorial materials are puzzle­like materials that allow the child to refine the many sensorial impressions that they have experienced. These impressions are classified and organized in the mind. The goal of the sensorial area is to aid in the refinement of the five senses through manipulation and exploration of concrete materials, so the child will have a better understanding of his world.


Children will spend time each week singing, learning about, playing instruments, and exploring basic music...

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Children will spend time each week singing, learning about, playing instruments, and exploring basic music terminology. Music history will also be taught in an effort to raise their awareness about the fine arts in general. One of our goals in teaching music is to help children relate to and respect traditional genres of music.


Students learn and improve upon the basic skills and fundamental principles of art. Opportunities are given to...

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Students learn and improve upon the basic skills and fundamental principles of art. Opportunities are given to explore many different mediums through a wide variety of projects. Students will not be graded on their work, but are encouraged to reach their individual potential in artistic ability and knowledge. Art history is also an area of concentration. It is our hope that the children will gain an appreciation of art and use it as an avenue of expression in their lives.

Who is Maria Montessori?

Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori (Italian pronunciation: [maˈriːa montesˈsɔːri]; August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. Her educational method is in use today in some public and private schools throughout the world.

One of Montessori's many accomplishments was the Montessori method. This is a method of education for young children that stresses the development of a child's own initiative and natural abilities, especially through practical play. This method allowed children to develop at their own pace and provided educators with a new understanding of child development. Montessori's book, The Montessori Method, presents the method in detail. Educators who followed this model set up special environments to meet the needs of students in three developmentally-meaningful age groups: 2–2.5 years, 2.5–6 years, and 6–12 years. The students learn through activities that involve exploration, manipulations, order, repetition, abstraction, and communication. Teachers encourage children in the first two age groups to use their senses to explore and manipulate materials in their immediate environment. Children in the last age group deal with abstract concepts based on their newly developed powers of reasoning, imagination, and creativity.

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