Seabold Montessori Preschool

Seabold Montessori Preschool

Seabold Montessori is a small mixed-age preschool based on the educational philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori. The Head Teachers are trained Montessorians who serve as observers, role models and educational guides. They are the creators of the beautiful, rich and stimulating children’s house which allow the children to thrive (see below for staff bios). Freedom of choice within the safe, structured environment let children work at their own pace and pursue their interests safely and independently.

We can only give to each individual the chance to fulfill [their] potential possibilities.
— Maria Montessori, 1967

We believe:

  • The environment should be safe, comfortable, clean, orderly, rich, cheerful and peaceful.
  • The materials should be inviting, self-correcting, and developmentally flexible.
  • The caregiver should be nurturer, observer, role-model, and educational and social guide.
  • Children need nurturing, understanding, consistency and choices.
  • Children should have freedom of movement.
  • Children should be treated with respect as individuals.
  • It is necessary to follow the child. 

"Play is the work of the child." -- Maria Montessori


We enjoy a 5:1 child to caregiver ratio that allows us to follow the child and create an environment that meets each individual's needs. The Montessori didactic materials are used alongside traditional educational toys and manipulatives in each area. This provides a range of options to meet the needs of the various developmental levels and learning styles of our multi-age group.

The curriculum areas are as follows:

Everyday Living develops social graces, care of self and environment, concentration and coordination.

Sensorial focuses on classification, discrimination, and fine tuning of the senses.

Science/Geography explores zoology, botany, astronomy, earth and physical sciences and geography.

Mathematics guides toward numeration, counting, decimal system work, addition, multiplication, subtraction, and understanding fractions.

Language involves whole language, phonics, reading, writing, grammar, and an introduction to Spanish.

Art allows for exploration of different art media and for project creation.

Music is incorporated throughout the day during group, to enhance lessons, and as a soothing background.


We run a 4 day small mixed-age program on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  We are open for 36 weeks from September to June. We close for 1 week in November and 2 weeks in December.

The daily schedule is as follows:

8:30 - 9:30       Arrival and Outside Play

9:30 - 10:00   Group Time                 

10:00 - 11:30   Free Choice               

11:30 - 11:45    Bag Lunch

11:45 - 12:30     Outside Play and Departure


Tuition: 9 monthly payments of $640.

A non-refundable registration fee of $40 will hold your space. The $40 will then be subtracted from your first month's tuition.

 For more information, please call Barbi Jo Smith at 206-612-3463
or e-mail


Seabold Montessori Staff

Barbi-Jo Smith, Directress - Barbi-Jo earned her Pre-Primary Montessori certification from Northeast Montessori Institute, ME and her BA from St. Anselm College, NH. She owned and directed Sunshine Montessori in Lynnwood, WA from 1994-2003. Prior to that she was Head Teacher of The Kinder Palace in Seattle for 3 years. She began her career as an Intern, then Assistant Teacher, for 5 years at The Children’s House of Nantucket, MA. Barbi-Jo spent her first 13 years on Bainbridge Island happily homeschooling her 3 children, 2 of whom now attend Bainbridge High School. She was and still is busy Co-leading a Girl Scout Troop, working as Director of Educational Services at Seabold United Methodist Church, and enjoying her hobbies of singing, acting, tapping, and running!

Renee Bowcutt, Teacher - Renee received her training through the Montessori Teacher College Northwest in Bellevue, WA. She began her career as Barbi-Jo's assistant at the Kinder Palace and was instrumental in the founding of Sunshine Montessori, Assistant Teaching for its initial 2 years. Renee then moved to Battle Ground and opened My Time Montessori, which she ran until the arrival of her son. When he turned 3, she taught at Echo Preschool, where she was able to incorporate Montessori into their traditional program. After 5 years, she switched gears and became a Para Educator for the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, WA.

Now 20 years later, the teachers come together again to lead the cheerful, consistent, experienced and qualified staff of Seabold Montessori Preschool! 

Jondra Stimson, Assistant Teacher - Jondra is in her 10th year as Co-Leader of a Girl Scout Troop and in her 4th year as Bainbridge Island GS Day Camp Director. Besides being our super Substitute Teacher last year, she has worked part-time as a Childcare Provider for the Mothers Morning Retreat (MMR) and for the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). 

Seabold Montessori Preschool in Partnership with Seabold United Methodist Church