How is Maumee Valley’s Early Learning Center different from other schools or childcare centers?
At Maumee Valley, the teachers know each child as an individual and where they are in their development. The learning experiences , lessons, and instruction are thoughtfully designed and implemented so that each child progresses and acquires the skills necessary to move on to the next level. This knowledge of child development coupled with careful planning and a personal touch are what sets Maumee Valley apart from other institutions.
What differentiates the Early Learning Center from other schools with specific philosophies?
At Maumee Valley we value our position as an independent school. Ours is a project based learning experience that incorporates best practices across a range of early childhood curricula and philosophies. The teachers understand the children and where they are developmentally, and they have the flexibility and expertise to create lessons and experiences tailored to the needs of their students. Our focus on STEAM gives the students experiences in project-based learning, while elements of Montessori or Reggio Emilia are introduced to allow for independence as well as child-initiated learning. Rather than marching through the pages of a prescribed program, teachers have the ability to cater to the learning styles of each unique child.
What are the different focuses in the Preschool, Prekindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs?
For many preschool students, this may be their first school experience. They are learning how to be away from home, how to separate from parents or caregivers, and learning about community expectations and how to cooperate with their peers. The focus is on socialization as well as exploration. As students progress through the Early Learning Center, teachers continue to focus on the social-emotional needs of the children while introducing a wider range of learning experiences and skills, increasing transitions and opportunities for independence, and preparing children to function in the larger school community. The skills learned early on continue to be the most valuable as the children continue their journey through Maumee Valley- how to make and be a friend, cooperating with peers, and exploring the world around them will be necessities both in school and in life.
Are specials offered in the Early Learning Center? If so, what is offered?
Music, art, physical education, and Spanish language are all introduced in the ELC program. The children enrolled in the Preschool program participate in music twice weekly, and visit the library and are introduced to the Spanish language. Students in the Prekindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs participate in art, music, physical education, and Spanish language. These classes are taught by certified education specialists who will continue teaching the children throughout their time in the ELC and LS.
Why does the Maumee Valley Early Learning Center introduce STEAM curriculum?
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) curriculum is project based, so it not only offers ELC students a hands-on experience, it also prepares them for curriculum they will experience in higher grades.