Our Community Silver Bow Montessori School was established after we identified a real need for well-rounded children’s education. Our purpose is to nurture independent children engaged in joyful learning. We provide high quality, authentic Montessori education that includes multi-age classrooms and hands-on learning. Our Commitment Individualized educational experience and highest academic standards; Capable, inspired, qualified teachers and low student/teacher ratios; Collaboration among students, parents, teachers, and staff; Development of the whole child – individuality, autonomy, integrity. Montessori Curriculum Carefully prepared environments, hands-on, Montessori materials; Multi-age classrooms so children learn to lead; A curriculum that fosters cross cultural awareness and social responsibility; Children naturally develop self-discipline and a love of learning; Teachers observe and respect children’s individual needs and interests. Students move at own pace and receive individualized assessment. Additional Programs Extended Care Program ― Before and after school care 7:30 am to 5:30 pm; Summer Adventures! ― Enriched childcare during summer months; Abundant Curricular Enrichments ― Future Problem Solving, Lego Robotics, outdoor skills, swimming, hiking, fall and spring overnight fieldtrips, Spanish, drama, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, CrossFit, ice skating, gardening, sustainability activities. Affiliation SBM is a full member of the American Montessori Society and head teachers are AMS credentialed Montessori educators. Geographic Service Area Families have enrolled students at SBM from Butte and surrounding areas including Whitehall, Anaconda, Deer Lodge, Cardwell, Glen, and Dillon. Commitment to Nondiscrimination Silver Bow Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.​
The Whole Child  -  Our Whole Purpose

We offer half-day, mixed day and full day options for early childhood students. Activities to promote use of the senses, refine skills of discrimination and observation, strengthen memory, develop coordination, and promote concentration are presented with varying degrees of challenge. Students are introduced concretely to the intellectual concepts of language, mathematics, geography, world cultures, and science. Socially, the classroom provides the young student, who is ready to explore environments away from family and home, a peer group with whom he or she can relate.

Importance of Kindergarten

Children age 5 will typically be enrolled in the school's Kindergarten program. The Kindergarten year at Montessori provides the child with the valuable opportunity to be a leader of the Early Childhood classroom, as well as an opportunity to observe and participate in some activities with children aged 6 to 12. Kindergarten students travel to the library regularly with the elementary classroom and have other opportunities to participate on field trips with the elementary classroom.

Children ages 3 to 6, including Kindergarten students are in the Early Childhood classroom. Providing students with stimulating, individualized and developmentally appropriate learning activities during this critical period in a child’s life is a primary objective. Children are motivated to learn and grow socially, emotionally and intellectually in a classroom filled with creative, multi-age appropriate curriculum. With a daily variety of group and individual learning periods, children are guided by teachers to experience all areas of the classroom. Fostering independence, building self- confidence, respecting individuality and boundaries are integrated into daily routines and expectations.

“The child has a different relation to his environment from ours. Adults admire their environment; they can remember it and think about it; but the child absorbs it. The things he sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul. He incarnates in himself all in the world about him that his eyes see and his ears hear.” – Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p. 62.

Early Childhood Program Overview