Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning. – Maria Montessori
An extended day in a firmiliar, comfortable environment.
The Before and After School Care (BASC) at WMPCS offers pre-k through high school students a place to learn, explore, play and be with friends. Parents’ extended care needs are met while their children experience a familiar, comfortable environment.
BASC is both the same and different from students’ classrooms. The BASC classroom maintains qualities like freedom of choice, mutual respect, exploration, movement, consistency, and kindness. While the program offers students the option to work on schoolwork or homework in middle and high school, it differs from classrooms by including non-Montessori materials and activities.