Kindergarten serves as the bridge between Maumee Valley’s Early Learning Center and the Lower School. We believe learning through playful inquiry is the foundation for intellectual, physical, and social and emotional growth. Learning should derive naturally from curiosity and exploration.
The Kindergarten classroom environment is designed for children to learn through play because research shows that playing is the way in which children engage their minds, organize their thoughts and store information using all their senses. Children are given a wide range of experiences, opportunities, resources and contexts to provoke, stimulate and support their innate intellectual dispositions—their natural inclinations.
We capitalize on the curiosity and enthusiasm of our young learners. Understanding that our students learn best by doing, we provide children the skills, tools, materials, and attention they need to experience, explore, and experiment. We assist them in planning, organizing, and discussing their observations of the world around them through inquiry based instruction and mediated learning. Reading, math, language arts, and writing are integrated with social studies, and Science Technology Engineering Art Math (STEAM).
In our Kindergarten program, children and adults reflect regularly on their playful inquiry as a way to deepen everyone’s understanding. Children are seen as competent and able to construct and engage in their own learning with teachers as collaborators and guides. We foster a culture of inquiry by finding out what is already known and wondering together to create a community of shared meanings. Children learn how to think deeply, to ask questions and to listen to ideas. They may go on field trips, invite expert visitors, construct models, and conduct surveys to support their learning.
Kindergarten is offered as a full day program, M-F: 8:00am-3:00pm.Extended time care for Early Learning Center students is available from 7:30am to 8:00am and from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
8:00-8:20 - Arrival activities, Cosmic Kids Yoga, GoNoodle movement
8:20-8:35 - Morning Meeting
8:35-9:15 - Writing Workshop
9:15-9:30 - Morning Snack
9:30-10:00 - Reading Workshop
10:00-10:30 - Guided Exploration “Centers”, Choice time
10:30-11:15 - Recess
11:15-12:15 - Lunch, Quiet Reading, Choice
12:15-1:00 - Math Workshop, Science/Social Studies, Project time
1:10-2:00 - Specials (Art, Music, Phys Ed, Spanish)
2:00-2:15 - Afternoon Snack
2:15-2:45 - Outdoor Exploration
2:45 - Goodbye and End of Day routines
**We take several GoNoodle “brain breaks” as needed throughout the day during transition times