Montessori & Waldorf Influences
Bay & Bee is founded on the Montessori and Waldorf educational principles of child-led play. Child-Led play refers to the type of play where the child is in control over which activities he or she would like to engage with.
The Environment is designed to meet the needs, interests, abilities and development of the children birth to 5 years old.
Self-Directed Activity: One of Montessori’s key concepts is the idea that children are driven by their desire to become independent and competent beings in the world to learn new things and master new skills.
Uninterrupted Time: Stay for as long as you like. Levels of engagement change with the child's' needs.
Hands On Learning: Each item and activity station are carefully selected to to inspire and engage learning. Hidden in play you'll find a wide range of skills that will build social, emotional, fine motor, gross motor, communication, and creativity.
Freedom Within Limits: Within the confines for 4000sqft in a clean and safe environment, children are free to explore at their pace, using and fine-tuning their abilities, increasing their awareness and self-confidence.
Make New Friends: Bay & Bee is a fantastic place to meet new friends for children, parents and grandparents alike.
Mixed Ages: Gives older children a chance to be leaders, gives younger children a chance to see a spectrum of abilities while growing empathy for all.
Our Values: Bay & Bee is an inclusive parenting community. Every parent/child relationship is different and your choices deserve respect. We support your journey.
Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. Although a range of practices exists under the name "Montessori", the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential:
Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children ages 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common
Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options
Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours
A constructivist or "discovery" model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction
Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators
Freedom of movement within the classroom
Waldorf (Steiner) education is a humanistic approach to pedagogy based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. The pedagogy emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of pupils.
Steiner’s division of child development into three major stages is reflected in the schools’ approach to early childhood education, which focuses on practical, hands-on activities and creative play; to elementary education, which focuses on developing artistic expression and social capacities; and to secondary education, which focuses on developing critical reasoning and empathic understanding. The overarching goal is to develop free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence. Individual teachers and schools have a great deal of autonomy in determining curriculum content, teaching methodology and governance.