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.
The Montessori cultural curriculum covers a wide range of subjects: geography, botany, zoology, art, science, and music. At Missoula Valley Montessori our cultural curriculum is the foundation of our academics. Each year we focus on one of the seven continents. Many aspects of the continent are then investigated from geography to cuisine. The children are eager to learn about people in far away places. They delight in discovering things they have in common with children across the world and learning different customs, too. Suddenly they begin drawing pictures of women dressed in saris or writing about orangutans in the rainforest. They stand stock still as they role-play guarding Buckingham Palace with a bearskin hat. Aspects of any given culture are woven through other areas of the curriculum. During morning and afternoon gatherings songs and greetings from faraway lands are learned. Our practical life lessons will include cooking Asian food,for example. The children will learn to count in French, to say hello in Japanese. The language shelves become rich with books, terms, and alphabets from other cultures. Famous artists from a country will be discovered and imitated. Imagine the fun of painting like Jackson Pollock! Finally, each spring the primary students put on a performance to reflect all that they have learned. After studying Europe we had a mini-Olympics. Our study of North America culminated in folk dances from the Mexico, Canada, and our home, the United States. In the words of Maria Montessori, "Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe...for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity."
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.
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.
Welcome to Missoula Valley Montessori
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