Maumee Valley’s Prekindergarten program continues the themes of expression, cooperation, and collaboration from the Preschool program. Long term projects are introduced, which means that students have the opportunity for extensive exploration and research. Students are often involved in these projects in small groups, while others in the class are participating in self-chosen activities. A project normally begins with the teachers observing and questioning students about their topic of interest. This happens inside the classroom through the use of provocations that are meant to pique their interests. Topics vary as a result of the questions the children ask. Therefore, curriculum planning and implementation revolve around open-ended and often long-term projects, which are based on a balance between teacher-directed and child-initiated activity. A strong emphasis is placed on cooperative play as students start to notice their peers and begin to have preferences in playmates. In addition to the homeroom curriculum, Prekindergarten students participate in Spanish and music programs.