How many children do you care for at the same time?
We care for 32 children. 6 in infants, 12 in toddlers and 14 in pre-primary.
What is the child to adult ratio?
Our have 2 teachers in infants, 3 teachers in toddlers and 3 teachers in pre-primary.
What if my child turns 3 years old this school year?
child should finish the school year at Montessori Children’s House and
is more than welcome to attend for the summer.
What is the minimum amount of days per week that I can enroll my child?
2 half days a week. This can be mornings of afternoons.
When my child is enrolled in your program, can I bring him/her for an extra day as a drop off?
that is if we have been informed of another child being absent that
day and we know that we will have an opening for your child. Parent fill out a drop-in request form and the additional fees are added to the child's next month statement sent by e-mail.
How much notice do you require if my child needs to leave the program?
We request a written notice 30 days before a child is withdrawn for any reason.
Do you have school in the Summer?
Yes, except for one week in August to clean and prepare for the new school year.
Are you a licensed childcare program?
Children’s House is a limited liability company (LLC) registered in the State of Montana. We are licensed as a child care center throug the Montana Department of Health and Human Services Child Care Licensing Bureau.
What State programs do you take part of?
Montana DPHHS/Child Care & Development Fund. Parents interested to
receive childcare scholarships to help with the cost of our program need
to apply at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Families must meet a minimum work requirement and maximum income
Montessori Children’s House meets Montana’s basic
regulations regarding child development, health and safety to be part of
What is a typical day like for a child at Montessori Children's House?
See our A Day in the Life page for details ~
For the very young children, each child has their own schedule. The need for individual feeding and nap time is respected.
For the older children, the morning starts in the activity room, followed by a group circle, then an uninterrupted independent work period and playground time.
In the afternoon the students eat
lunch, have naps, do line work: movement, music, small and large group lessons, French, etc., continue independent work, Arts & Crafts and playground time.
What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education?
education is a unique approach to teaching &
learning, where teachers provide the prepared environment and children are free to discover and grow at their own
Children in Montessori classrooms receive one-on-one and group lessons and are then free to choose their own activities from the carefully designed lessons they have received instruction on.
approach to learning supports and encourages the exciting process of
discovery, leading to concentration, self motivation and discipline as
well as laying the foundation for a natural, life long love of
Are Montessori children successful later in life?
studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for adult life
not only academically, but also socially and emotionally as well.
addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are
ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning
in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing
responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for
learning, negotiating social interactions and adapting to new
In April of 2011, the Wall Street Journal
wrote an article about business leaders who attended Montessori
schools, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Wikipedia, to name
How many Montessori schools are there?
There are an estimated 4,000 certified Montessori schools in the United States and about 7,000 worldwide.
Are Montessori schools religious?
Montessori schools have a religious affiliation, but most do not.
Montessori Children’s House in Bozeman is not affiliated with any
How does the teacher keep track of the progress of students who are working independently?
Montessori method of education is designed to support different
learning styles, helping students learn to work and study in a way that
is effective for them.
progress as they master new skills, building on their prior experiences
and moving ahead when they are ready. The children move through a
logical progression from the initial lesson, to repetition with help or
input from the teacher, to independence and mastery.
teacher keeps records of where each child is in this process, looking
for signs of mastery and readiness to proceed. An inventory of the
lessons and projects completed by each student is reviewed frequently.