In our classrooms we strive for peace amongst its members as lessons of grace and courtesy encourage an atmosphere of love and respect. Children and adults alike are treated with respect. The key to this atmosphere is the prepared environment, but even in a prepared environment there will be “non-peaceful behavior.” Each child may differ in their ability to make correct choices. Some may need rules or controls that another may not. Thus the importance of establishing clear ground rules so that children know what expectations are for their behavior. Each classroom at Bay develops guidelines for inside their room and each program has guidelines for outdoor play.
Discipline at Bay is based on Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline approach as it closely aligns with the Montessori philosophy. Her approach shares a mutual respect for both child and adult and focuses on children becoming responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their community. To be a successful, contributing member of their community students must learn necessary social and life skills. Bay staff model grace, courtesy, respect, and problem solving skills throughout their daily activities in the classroom.
Violence or bullying will not be tolerated. Bay Montessori defines bullying as repeated acts by one or more students causing harm to another. Acts may be written, verbal, physical, or any combination thereof. Bullying is ongoing by nature and is a conscious desire to hurt, embarrass, exclude or upset another.
No child will be subjected to injurious treatment, corporal punishment or physical punishment.