Inspire Montessori camps

Inspire Kids Montessori will be offering new “boot camps” this summer on reading and math for ages 5-7 that feature hands-on instruction based on the principles of Maria Montessori.

“A good foundation in reading and math is needed for children to do well in school throughout their lives,” said school founder-executive director Diana Darmawaskita, adding:

 “We see year after year how our students benefit from our programs and teaching philosophy. When our graduates enter first grade in public, charter or private school, they are completely ready to transition and excel.”

Inspire Kids touts high-quality early education programs for ages 6 weeks – 6 years. The new boot camps will run Monday-Friday from June 26 to July 21.  All-day and half-day programs will be available.  The camp registration deadline is May 15.

The Reading Boot Camp will focus on vocabulary, sounds, letters, words and sentences using materials in a specific sequence to engage the child’s mastery of language. The program also incorporates the findings of research into brain development.

The Math Boot Camp will utilize Simultaneous Multisensory Instruction, which addresses different learning styles and teaches children how to discover and understand concepts including addition, subtraction, multiplication, time and money and shapes and attributes.

 “The Montessori Mathematics curriculum is an amazing system that is highly successful and incredibly well-designed,” said Veronique Bevali, the school’s director. “It consists of hands-on learning materials, detailed lessons, teaches how to apply math in real life and provides children with a higher level of understanding of the subject. Students learn to grasp concepts and not just memorize numbers.”

Darmawaskita noted: “Brain research shows that the sensitive period for language development starts before birth and that spontaneous interest and capacity for writing and reading is 4.5 – 6 years.  The same is true of math. Children who are exposed to these concepts early on learn to process concepts like order and coordination far more easily later on.”

Inspire Kids utilizes Terra Nova, a norm-reference nationally standardized achievement test, to monitor their student’s progress regularly. 

“Our graduates test at reading at a 2.3-grade equivalent (2 years, 3 months) and test at second-grade level in math,” Bevali said. “This is especially important in that, according to AZMerit 2016 testing, only 41 percent of Arizona students passed in reading and only 46 percent passed in math.”

The Inspire Kids curriculum is based on the principals of an Italian physician who created an innovative approach to education after having great success with teaching developmentally disabled children in 1900.

An open house will be held at the school, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee, 9-11 a./m. Friday, April 7. Information: 480-659-9402, or

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