Lower School | PreK - 3rd Grade

PreKindergarten & Junior Kindergarten

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  • Prekindergarten/Junior Kindergarten

    It All Starts With Nature
Maumee Valley's PreKindergarten and 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. 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 the Forest School philosophy, playful learning indicators, and co-created curriculum. All Prekindergarten and Junior Kindergarten teachers are certified outdoor educators.
PreKindergarten and 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.

Features of our PK/JK program:

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  • Multi-aged classrooms using co-teaching models focused on young learners

  • Small group instruction

  • 14:2 students-to-adults ratio

  • Two classrooms each with a full-time teacher and a full-time teaching assistant

  • Forest School-inspired program

  • Indoor and outdoor learning environments

  • Two snacks each day (one provided and one from home)

  • Hot and cold lunch menu selections

  • Part-time and full-time enrollment options

  • Access to additional learning areas (art, music, physical education, Spanish, and library)

Explore our Lower School curriculum

Our Faculty

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    Head of Lower School

    PreKindergarten/Junior Kindergarten assistant

    PreKindergarten and Junior Kindergarten assistant

    PreKindergarten and Junior Kindergarten teacher

    PreKindergarten and Junior Kindergarten teacher

    K-6 music teacher

    PreK-5th grade Spanish teacher

    Library media specialist

    Physical education, heath, and wellness teacher

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  • Your Educational Journey Begins Today

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