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Early Childhood Education


Toddler House

Our Toddler Program is a joyous, loving, and respectful place that honors our youngest students, ages 12 months to 2.9. At Bay Farm, we encourage our toddlers to be independent and self-confident by making their own choices from among a wide variety of developmentally appropriate materials.

Our toddlers play alone and connect with their peers under the watchful eyes of experienced teachers who make appropriate changes in the environment to support each child’s development. Primary areas of exploration include language, math, practical life exercises, science, and the arts as well as fine and gross motor activities. Particular attention is paid to fostering their emerging language skills and their ability to participate in their own diapering and toilet training. The overarching goal is to support the children’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth and to foster their sense of being in a secure, stimulating environment. 

  • Full Day and Half Day Options (8:30am-12:00pm or 8:30am-3:00pm)
  • Monday - Friday, Monday - Wednesday, Thursday - Friday Scheduling
  • Extended Hours Available (7:30am - 5:30pm)
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Children's House

A hands-on exploratory educational approach across all disciplines for preschool - kindergarten.

Our Children’s House preschool/pre-k, kindergarten classrooms accommodate children in mixed-age classrooms that provide a safe, stimulating, nurturing, educational, and social foundation for future success. From supporting their earliest days, where separation from parents and caregivers and absorbing classroom routines are their primary tasks, to sending them up to Elementary and the challenges of first grade, our teachers commit themselves to giving their students a comprehensive early childhood education. This includes:

  • An approach to learning that encourages children to develop focus and concentration and a positive attitude about work, acquiring skills, and information.
  • Hands-on activities and experiences  in a sequential curriculum of math, language, sensorial, practical life, and science.
  • A carefully prepared, orderly, and aesthetically pleasing classroom environment, rich in Montessori and other high-quality early childhood materials and books.
  • The opportunity to learn to make good choices, develop independent thinking and establish a sense of self-discipline and respect for self, the others, and the environment.
  • The support and guidance of experienced Montessori teachers who provide lessons and choices based on their careful observation of each student.
  • The benefits of a mixed-age group that offers the opportunity for social, emotional, and academic development with older, younger and same-age peers.
  • The integration of art, music, and movement into their daily routines.
  • Introduction to foreign languages and library activities.
  • Daily physical activity on our large playground.
  • Kindergarten children spend one-half of each day in their mixed-age Children’s House classroom and the other half in a dedicated kindergarten class. 

Our Children's House Program Options:

  • Full Day and Half Day Options (8:30am-12:00pm or 8:30am-3:00pm)
  • Monday - Friday Schedule
  • Monday - Wednesday Schedule available for 3 year olds only
  • Extended Hours Available (7:30am - 5:30pm)
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Kindergarten

What do Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Julia Child, Anne Frank, and Taylor Swift have in common? A Montessori Kindergarten education. Bay Farm's Kindergarten is an empowering program that promotes self-confidence, self-esteem, and a feeling of accomplishment. 

The Kindergarten program is integrated within the Children's House. Typically, the third year of the 3-year Children’s House Program, the five-year-olds (and young 6-year-olds) move into the role of “oldest students” in their mixed-age Children’s House classroom for one-half of each school day. The other half of the day, they are in a dedicated Kindergarten classroom, where the program focus on honing skills is enhanced by the opportunities offered by a larger, same-age peer group.

There are distinct advantages to this kindergarten model. Children who complete the Children’s House / Kindergarten program have a strong sense of themselves as serious learners, good friends, positive role models, and members of their school community. 

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Bay Farm Montessori Academy's Half Day Model
Benefits of 1/2 Day in Children's House
Benefits of 1/2 Day in Kindergarten
  • The chance to be the models for their younger classmates which affords them the opportunity to develop qualities of leadership, nurturing, and empathy. In this way, they also learn the important values of mentoring others and patience with those who may be less skilled than themselves.
  • Another year with teachers who know them, their styles and personalities, and where they are skills-wise and socially.
  • Another year with peers with whom they are connected in an environment in which they are very familiar and comfortable.
  • More long-term individual and group projects, extended units of study, and the time to delve deeper into subjects like science, geography, and history.
  • A variety of field trips which complement the curriculum.
  • Continuing to work with hands-on materials even as the students are beginning to be able to deal with letters and numbers which are the abstract symbolic representations of sounds and numeric concepts.
  • Continuation of foreign language studies and introduction to physical education.
  • Classroom plays and performances related to the curriculum.