Missoula Valley Montessori

Where Children Come First

Our goal is to provide a welcoming, nurturing Montessori environment for young children, which guides them in reaching their full potential. MVM strives to create a setting where children are valued and honored; the families feel welcome and informed; and the community is enriched by our presence.

Through keen observation, a well-prepared environment, and our commitment to lifelong learning, we provide an exceptional Montessori education. We are dedicated to instilling in the children respect for the environment, honesty in relationships, and compassion for those around them.

Dr. Montessori referred to the small child as the "explorer." Children are natural scientists. At MVM we offer a rich and in-depth science curriculum. Daily science experiments will be presented to the children to lay a foundation of fundamental scientific principles. Independent exploration of science concepts will be encouraged within the classroom so the children are able to fulfill their innate desire to research, experiment, and discover every day.

Guest speakers will be invited to share their expertise. We will also take the children out into the community to be exposed to the vast scientific offerings in Missoula.

Our Philosophy

The primary tenet in the Montessori philosophy is that all children are unique, capable individuals who are to be respected as different from adults and from one another. They all carry within themselves the adult they will one day become.

Through years of research and keen scientific observation, Dr. Montessori came to profound conclusions. At MVM we adhere to these tenets: a well prepared environment with attention to sequence, order, beauty, and detail; the finest Montessori materials which instill independence, concentration, and self correction; and teachers who are keen observers, fully trained and well prepared.

At MVM your child will be supported not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well.

Upcoming Events

Welcome to Missoula Valley Montessori

  • October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th: Animal Wonders Visits!
  • November 6th, 13th, and 20th: Animal Wonders Visits!
  • November 14th and 15th: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 27th – 29th: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 4th and 11th: Animal Wonders Visits!


It has been such a pleasure to watch our daughter and MVM grow up together. From saying "please" and "thank you" to working complicated mathematics problems, the Montessori approach combined with thoughtful nurturing by special teachers provides a perfect preschool experience for our family. - R.B

"Our experience at MVM was a beautiful thing. In addition to the grand foundation for her academic AND social life our daughter received, I learned all kinds of things in the free-ranging after-school discussions I had with Catherine and Kim over the years. MVM is truly a place where care, comfort and curiosity come together." -Larry Hirshberg