Junior Kindergarten - Enrolling at Age Four

In Junior Kindergarten, we spend a portion of our day exploring MV’s 75 acres and bringing our curriculum outdoors through all the seasons of the year.  Our goal as teachers is to encourage, motivate, engage, and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences.  We believe outdoor education allows children the time and space to develop their interests, skills, and understandings through practical hands-on experiences.  Our time spent outside is inspired by the Forest School philosophy, our playful learning indicators, and our co-created curriculum. Both Junior Kindergarten teachers are certified, outdoor educators.
The children use loose parts and natural materials found on our campus for building, counting, forming letters, and other academic activities that align with our curriculum goals. They are able to use their entire bodies in different sensory experiences and improve their gross motor skills while climbing trees, rolling down hills, and balancing on logs. At this age, they 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. 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. 

The Junior Kindergarten program is five days a week (M-F) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Extended time care for Early Learning Center students is available from 7:30 am to 8:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Our Junior Kindergarten facility features:

  • 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
  • Sleeping mats and bedding provided for rest time

Junior Kindergarten Teachers

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Christine Marker

    Christine Marker 

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher
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  • Photo of Lindsay Tassos

    Lindsay Tassos 

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher
  • Photo of Denise Peksa

    Denise Peksa 

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
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  • Photo of Amy Dankert

    Amy Dankert 

    Junior Kindergarten Assistant
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  • Photo of Lou Ann Glover

    Lou Ann Glover 

    Early Childhood-Grade 7 Art Teacher
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  • Photo of Terri Herrmann

    Terri Herrmann 

    Lower School Physical Education Teacher
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  • Photo of Colleen Sieberg

    Colleen Sieberg 

    Early Childhood & Lower School Music Teacher
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  • Photo of Kathleen Mick

    Kathleen Mick 

    ELC/Lower School Spanish Teacher
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  • Photo of Madeline Nixon

    Madeline Nixon 

    Media Specialist
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School Information

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Toledo, OH 43614
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