The Maumee Valley Junior Kindergarten program harnesses the children’s natural desire to play together. Cooperative play becomes cooperative learning. Teachers use this stage of development to help children develop their own ideas, both as a group and individually. Similar to Prekindergarten, long-term projects are introduced and students learn through questioning and provocations. Materials, questions, and opportunities are provided to encourage the children to explore their topic of interest further. The outdoors are a natural environment for project initiation. The Maumee Valley campus is extensive, and the children are full of wonderment. At this age the transition to symbolic expression begins and, for those that are ready, literacy instruction is introduced. The Junior Kindergarten is a five full-day program. In addition to the homeroom curriculum, Junior Kindergarten students participate in Spanish, art, music, and physical education programs.