Remember the Bumblebee does something impossible every day!
Bumblbees Casa dei Bambini programs are for children of fourteen months through six years of age. We believe that young children need freedom to move, socialize and to grow up spontaneously. It is a House of Children that helps children learn to develop the sense of community and responsibility. The Montessori Curriculum developed by Dr. Montessori when used in whole as a philosophy works hand in hand, in beautiful unfolding of the child's true potential. Enrollment priority is given on first come basis. We limit the number of admissions to ensure the right balance.
We are open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m- 5 p.m. On Saturdays (office only on appointments) 10.00 a.m - 12 noon.
1. Mixed Age Groups
2. Montessori Trained Adults
3. Enriching Prepared Environment
4. Children learning through Freedom and encouraging self discipline
5. Only 25 children of mixed ages
Infant Community 16 months - 36 months old
Infant Community is for toddlers who are stepping out for the first time into a new environment and meeting new people. The admission is open for all families. Our community is caring and ensures that it aids natural development. We prepare the environment as an extension of a home environment. The environment and people enrich, engage and help toddlers progress to our Montessori environment. Activities offered encourage co-ordination of movements, language and independence. Children are free to move and talk, choose to play/choose activities/eat/relax at their own pace. We do not allow disposable diapers and encourage children to use the toilets. We request families to work along with us to potty train children who are yet to be potty trained. Our Infant Community is for children who will progress to our Montessori Environment. Parents who wish to admit their children in conventional schools, are requested to transfer the child after this program.
Work Cycle of the day
9:30 Drop off
9:30 - 12:30 Children are given individual presentation of age appropriate activities in a progressive process with just enough challenge to keep the curiosity and confidence growing in the child. They choose purposeful activities, play, learn to be independent, join songs, stories, book reading, art & craft, gardening, group games, so on. Children are initially guided on how to take care of themselves, others and the environment and they eventually become independent and responsible young ones enjoying their time in their House of children. Children work both individually and in small groups. It's a free environment for children to move, play, eat, socialize and work at their own at their own pace and choice.
12:30 - Lunch or Home
Social skills, self confidence, grace and courtesies, manners and development of concentration are a few of many more qualities that children learn here. A happy child is receptive to learning and discovering his or her true potentials.
Montessori (3 years) - ( 9:30 am to 12:30/1:30/2:30 pm)
The Montessori Program is a three year Program and we prefer only children from families who are keen on Montessori way of learning for children of ages two and half to six years. Given the freedom of choice and freedom to move, children learn individually and independently; from each other and together with their friends older and younger. The curriculum is incredibly enriching and many of the materials that they use are autodidact. We observe your child's development and interests and engage them in activities that help them further refine their senses, explore and discover. An individual Work Plan and Development Report is maintained and shared with Parents periodically. Parents are welcome to meet the directress to discuss the child's progress at on any of the Saturdays with an appointment. Montessori Method does not involve direct teaching but indirect preparations and spontaneous natural development in the child. Please use the Parent-Child corner which will be updated on a timely basis to understand your child better and the variety of activities that you can do to engage your child productively. Also please share your ideas and your discoveries with us to help grow a more responsible child friendly community. We do not impose children with homework but children who show eagerness to take work back home are assigned work that they will complete independently without the Parents direct help. This helps them stay engaged purposefully and creatively even back at home.
One very important component of a strong program is the 3-year cycle of children. Each child remains in the same classroom with the same few children of their age group for 3 years. Each year a few new 3 year old's come into the program and each age group moves up into the next cycle of the program until a child has spent 3 years in the classroom. It's essentially giving them the experience of being the youngest, middle, and oldest of the classroom and the responsibilities that come with those roles.
Exams are not required when the result of the process of development speaks for itself. On appointments, Parents are welcome to discuss the child's development and also observe children at work in the environment at regular periods. Observation guidelines are strictly to be followed.
Why should we have uniforms? Is a question one can answer on their own.
At Bumblbees we like children learning to dress appropriately to school. Instead of spending on uniforms with school logos, please ensure that you stock up semi formal clothes that are appropriate for school. Learning to dress appropriately to a place and occasion is a cultural adaptation which needs support.
We request Parents to keep a limited number (5-7 sets) of clothes ready in their wardrobe where they can reach them. Allow your child to choose from these sets.
Clothes that are comfortable for them to use independently.
Boys: Shorts, Loose fit pants, track pants, Capri with t-shirts or shirts. Underwear Mandatory.
Girls: Dresses or skirts with mandatory bloomers inside, Capri, shorts, loose fit pants and track pants with tops. Innerwear Mandatory.
Please collaborate and help children become diaper free. It is impossible for us to potty train children if they are on diapers all day except for the three hours at school.
Note: Clothes that are inappropriate for school are
1. Party wears
2. Clothes with cartoon characters and heavy prints
3. Home wear clothes
4. Not wearing bloomers under short dresses and skirts
What to pack in the bag?
An extra set of change clothes including inner wear, handkerchief, lunch napkin and an empty small steel water bottle. Breakfast in steel box if the child has missed breakfast at home.
Festivals at Bumblbees are celebrated without disturbing the work cycle of children. It is to give the children an awareness of the cultural diversity. There will be no religious aspects and we are happy to welcome any Parent to volunteer and be a part of the celebration. We help children explore art, food, songs, stories, clothes and any non-religious aspect of every festival.
As far as inviting children home for birthdays, festivals so on are encouraged but we request that you invite all the children. Bumblbees will be a small community of only around 25 children of mixed ages 2 1/2 - 6 years. We wish not to disappoint or make any child left out.
Celebrating birthdays at school - Child can bring along any home made sweet including muffins, cakes, so on and share it with all the children. Kindly check the number of children before sending the same. Candies, chocolates, store bought drinks, snacks, gifts etc are not allowed.
Competition and Cultural Performances
The best of us comes out when we try to push our own limits and set our own goals and achieve them. What is the purpose of competing against another? We all win and lose everyday in many aspects of life. The sense of achievement has nothing to do with a Certificate or a medal, it is merely a piece of paper or metal which is not worthy of the pure joy of accomplishment. It is not worthy of time to compete against others. We'd like children to develop self esteem and confidence without being compared and nurture working collaboratively. It is a part of education to use time productively, creatively for the well being of self and everyone. We encourage every child to run fast, jump high, paint beautifully, sing and dance merrily, enjoying the joy of doing it with no one to judge that (beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder).
Children need inspirations and a strong community to grow in. Every Parent in the community can inspire them. We heartily welcome Parents to spend 15 minutes to 1 hour sharing what they like to do. Come, play a violin or sing a song or read your favourite poem or narrate a story or play a game, be yourself at Bumblbees. Be a part of their childhood by sharing your time doing what you like with the ones who'd like to join you. Volunteers need to notify the Directress the date, time and what they would be doing. This helps us to be prepared with the changes in the day's schedule.
Extended Hours(After School Day Care):
For children who require after school care, we have an extended hour program. Extended hours are available between 8:30 am to 6 pm. Please contact office for details.
1:00 - 3: 00 - (For Extended Hours) Story, music and nap (Sometimes, some children do fine without a routine nap, we follow the child's interest, most children up to age 3, need an afternoon nap especially the early birds)
3:00 - 6.oo pm - Personal hygiene, snack and child chosen activities or play.
For young children below ages three, we suggest that Parents drop them and pick them up. For children above three, transportation arrangements will be worked upon on request. The charges are in addition to the fees payable depending on the distance of the residence from school.
Books open a world of knowledge for children. Young children who are given age appropriate books, grow up enjoying and discovering the joy of reading. Parents are encouraged to read to their children. You are welcome to visit the library after class hours till 5.00 p.m on week days and from 10.00 a.m - 12 noon on Saturdays. Please call in advance to ensure that the library is open.