Morning Garden Prek & Kindergarten Afternoon Kindercare

Preschool, pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten
Ages: 3 to 6 years old

picture Bay School's early childhood program is located in North Cottage. The teachers model a reverence and joy of life, enthusiasm for their daily work, warmth for the children and compassion for each other. Young children thrive in a mixed age home-away-from-home atmosphere which allows the children to develop ongoing nurturing relationships with their teachers over several years.

Both classrooms offer a combination of indoor and outdoor creative play, during which time the teachers are engaged in daily work such as gardening, food preparation, and preparing for artistic activities while ready to help the children whenever needed. The children learn to solve problems, share, take turns and help one another.

Each day, the teachers offer guided activities. The children color and paint with red, yellow and blue, learning to blend colors and joyfully discovering the new colors they can make. They model with sweet smelling beeswax, forming animals and plants. Seasonal activities include gardening, cider pressing, applesauce making, maple sugaring, bread making, and wet wool felting. The children help take care of their gardens and help feed and look after the chickens. Field trips to area farms, orchards and beaches are scheduled throughout the school year.

When the cleanup song is sung, the children know it's time to put the room back in order. During circle time the children join hands in a circle, to sing songs, recite verses and play finger games that reflect the seasons. Each day, the children help prepare a nutritious snack: there is millet day, bread day, soup day, rice day and oatmeal day. The snack is shared together around a beautifully set table.

Each day the children are told a simple nature story, fairytale, or puppet play. At rest time the children are soothed by a lullaby and the music of a lyre or glockenspiel. . The children spend time outdoors in all kinds of weather for robust and active work and play. The morning ends with a closing circle and verse.

2018-2019 Tuition  [Based on our current tuition model, tuition increases 4% each year.]

Three Day Program
Pre-K, Monday - Wednesday from 8 to 12:00
$4,659 plus a $225 supplies fee

Four Day Program
Pre-K, Monday - Thursday from 8 to 12:00
$5,507 plus a $250 supplies fee

Five Day Program
Monday - Friday from 8 to 12:00
$5,928 plus a $300 supplies fee

To begin the application process, interested families are asked to contact the school to set up a meeting with the Director.