Welcome to Brighten Montessori

Prepare your children for their brightest future. Brighten Montessori is designed to allow children to work harmoniously, solve their own problems, and create a thirst for work and knowledge in a beautifully cared for environment.  We believe in giving children the opportunity to explore in a way that sparks their needs and interests in order to develop a love of learning.  Using hands on manipulatives, concrete concepts are created as children engage in jobs that support self-correction. We want to nurture the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of each child.


Daily Schedule

At Brighten Montessori we offer a full-day program for 3-5 year olds. Due to COVID-19 we have had to make some adjustments to our schedule.

Our Hours of Operation are 9am-4pm. 

We will update our Daily Schedule soon!!!



Our Staff

Here to Help Our Students Grow


Kristin Nikolas

Director/Head Teacher

“Working with children has always been something that has come naturally to me. I quickly fell in love with Maria Montessori’s philosophy of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment. My time spent at the “little red school” in Wilsonville has lead me to pursue my own dream which is now, Brighten Montessori. After taking time off to have my own children, I’ve teamed up with a longtime friend whose passion for children and professional business background has created an unstoppable team. Bree is a product of a Montessori education and shares my values of working with and educating children. Both Oregon State University graduates, we are honored to be a part of the Wilsonville community and are excited to bring Montessori back to the area.”


Bree Maloney

Director/Head Teacher

“While attending Montessori School from kindergarten to third-grade, I always thought I was a part of something special. During my transition from the Montessori to a traditional Elementary School, I knew I was right. I learned life skills at Montessori that I have carried with me well into my adulthood. When Kristin approached me with the idea of Brighten Montessori, I knew I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by. I am so excited to have the chance to guide and impact children the way that my teachers did for me. With Kristin’s education background, and my business background, we are an undeniable force and we are so excited for Brighten Montessori to join the Wilsonville community.”


Jeanne Kelley-Brown


"Spending time in the presence of young minds fills me with joy. I retired from Multnomah Education Service after 20 years as an educational assistant and then a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Working in special education, I felt my role was to facilitate independence by providing my students with the tools needed to navigate the world. My students taught me that we all have something special to give to the world and given the freedom to explore helps us learn what that is. Montessori fosters independence and allows children to pursue their own interests. This philosophy allows for the joy of self-discovery and I am thrilled that I get to play a small part in guiding them towards the joy."


Tuition & Fees

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Classroom Areas

Montessori materials teach through hands on learning, spontaneous engagement, active involvement, and self-directed activity. Montessori materials have a control of error inherent in their design. This allows children to work independently, unafraid to make mistakes, and to become comfortable with the fact errors are essential to the process of learning. While making independent choices and exploring concepts largely on their own, Montessori students construct their own sense of individual identity. They become independent and confident individuals.

The child is fundamentally motivated to learn. In a Montessori classroom, children don’t work for grades or external rewards, nor do they complete assignments given to them by their teachers. Children learn because they are interested in things and in gaining an understanding of the world around them. 


In the Language area children are exposed to various types of phonetic awareness activities to build a strong literary foundation. Montessori. Language activities are designed to improve a child's vocabulary, listening skills for common sounds, and differentiating between objects and pictures


Practical Life

Dive right into class with one of our expert teachers. Rather than just listening, memorizing, and repeating facts, this class has students discovering, analyzing, and learning from experience. Our goal as educators is to spur our students’ curiosity, and allow them to learn at their own pace. Get in touch with us to learn more, or better yet- come by one of our classes and experience it first-hand.

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Sensorial activity focuses on one important quality such as color, weight, shape, size, texture, sound or smell. Sensorial activities develop the senses of perception and discrimination for exploring and noticing small differences in patterns as well as fine motor function development in the hands.



The Math area of the Montessori classroom encompasses the use of concrete materials for the recognition of numbers and the recognition of quantity as well. Each activity isolates a particular concept and integrates with other activities to form a strong foundation for further exploration.



Sensorial exploration and experimentation is key as children learn about the natural world. Through the study of Botany, the children learn about plants so that they may appreciate nature in a more organic way. The study of Zoology shows children animals from all around the world. Basic skills of science, including measuring, comparing, classifying, and keen observing, are carefully prepared and practiced.



Studying Geography allows the children the opportunity to understand their own culture as well as many others. The children can relate and understand cultural diversity and ultimately come to appreciate differences between humankind. Puzzles and maps are used to explore the continents of our world, the countries of each continent, and the states of our own country.


Yearly Calendar

Brighten Montessori will be closed for the following days during the 2019/2020 school year:

Labor Day: September 7th

Veteran's Day: November 11th

Thanksgiving Holiday: November 26th-27th

Winter Break: December 21st-January 1st

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 18th

President's Day: February 15th

Spring Break: March 22nd-26th

Memorial Day: May 31st

4th of July Holiday: July 5th

In Service Week: August 30th-September 3rd


Brighten Montessori's Immunization Rates

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Is Your Child Ready for Montessori?

The classroom at Brighten Montessori is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6, to promote independence and a love of learning all within a structured environment. All children are different, and some are developmentally ready before others, regardless of their age. The following are a few examples of behaviors a child must display in order to demonstrate that they are developmentally ready to begin our school:

*Able to sit at circle time and listen to stories and engage in activities. A child who is not ready will not be able to attend to group situations, sit for stories, participate in game, etc. 
*Will allow teachers to show him/her how to use the activities on the shelf. A child who is developmentally too young will not be able to wait, to watch, and to take in the process for doing work. 
*Will take suggestions from the teacher of work for which he/she is ready. A child who is not ready will pull way from the teacher when she takes his/her hand, or will display an unwillingness to go with the teacher by lying on the floor, running away, etc.
*Able to complete the work cycle. Take work out, complete the work, and put it away or at least be willing to let the teacher help him/her with these things. Children who are not developmentally ready for this type of classroom will take many activities out, work on them for only a very short time without completing anything, and them move on to something else without putting the previous activities away. 
*Able to follow simple directions like lining up, washing hands, putting a coat on to go outside, etc. They don't have to be able to complete these tasks perfectly, but they must be willing to listen to instruction on how to do these things and begin to follow the directions. 
*Willing to participate in our toilet routine. All children must be potty-trained to begin at Brighten Montessori. Your child needs to be willing to sit on the toilet when asked and be able to communicate when he/she needs to go. We will help in the bathroom until it can be done on their own. 
*Able to appropriately communicate needs to the teacher and other children. Children who aren't ready will just cry and/or whine when they need something and will be very frustrated in an environment that is not meeting their needs. 

When considering the acceptance of a child at Brighten Montessori we are obligated to consider not just the readiness of the individual child, but also the needs of the whole classroom. Children who are not ready for this environment take an extraordinary amount of the teacher's time, to the detriment of the classroom. We want every child to be happy in the classroom, which is why he or she needs to be developmentally ready for the experience.

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Clackamas County's Immunization Rates


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28900 SW Villebois Dr Ste 1004 Wilsonville OR United States 97070



(503) 682-2229

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Ever since 2017, Brighten Montessori has been providing students with a rich and diverse learning environment. Our unparalleled teaching methods help to launch students into the successful future they have always dreamed of. We always encourage both staff and students to grow, learn and create each passing day.