Early Learning Center

Junior Kindergarten

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  • Enrolling at Age Four

    Bringing Curriculum Outdoors
Maumee Valley Junior Kindergarten students spend a portion of their day exploring Maumee Valley's 75 acres. Expert teachers are skilled at taking curriculum outdoors through all four seasons of the year. Teachers encourage, motivate, engage, and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences, and outdoor education allows children the time and space to develop their interests, skills, and understandings through practical hands-on experiences. Time spent outside is inspired by Forest School philosophy, playful learning indicators, and co-created curriculum. Both Junior Kindergarten teachers are certified, outdoor educators.

Junior Kindergarten students use loose parts and natural materials found on the campus grounds for building, counting, forming letters, and other academic activities that align with curriculum goals. They are able to use their bodies in different sensory experiences and improve their gross motor skills while climbing trees, rolling down hills, and balancing on logs.

At this age, students are emergent writers and expressing themselves through nature drawings and journaling. Fine motor activities such as weaving vines, picking up bugs with utensils and creating art in the mud all strengthen their hands and improve their pencil grip. They connect to nature by observing plants and animals during their free exploration time and in different mindfulness practices.

Our Junior Kindergarten Facility Features:

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  • Two classrooms with one full-time teacher and one full-time teaching assistant in each room

  • Indoor and outdoor learning environments

  • Access to additional learning areas: art, music, P.E., Spanish and library

  • Hot and cold lunch menu selections

  • Two snacks each day: one provided and one from home

  • Fall and spring semester after school clubs

  • Jr Hawks cross country and soccer

  • Extended Time Care (ETC) available: 7:30-8:00 am and 3:00-6:00 pm

Not only are they learning to have empathy for the Earth and its creatures, but they are learning to have it for their classmates as they problem solve and work together in the forest.

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Maumee Valley Country Day School is the only age 3 - 12th grade accredited, co-educational, independent school in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.