Lower School | PreK - 3rd Grade

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

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  • Enrolling At Age 5

    Learning Through Playful Inquiry
We believe learning through playful inquiry is the foundation for intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth. Play-based learning allows children to engage their minds, organize their thoughts, and store information using all of their senses.

Teachers capitalize on the curiosity and enthusiasm of our young learners. Our program encourages students to learn best by doing. Students are provided with the skills, tools, materials, and attention they need to experience, explore, and experiment with their surroundings. Teachers assist them in planning, organizing, and discussing observations of the world around them.

Kindergarten and 1st graders at Maumee Valley learn how to think deeply, ask questions, and listen to ideas. Maumee Valley's 75-acre campus allows teachers to take learning outside. Students can be found strengthening fine and gross motor muscles and social-emotional skills through climbing, building, digging, working together, and problem-solving in the forest. The outside is also often brought into the classroom to incorporate nature in play-based learning activities. Students sort rock, count acorns, order sticks from shortest to longest, and make letters and write words using materials found in nature.

At Maumee Valley, we are not afraid to get dirty while learning!

Our Kindergarten Facility Features:

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

  • Small group instruction

  • 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio

  • Three classrooms with one teacher in each room

  • Balanced program blending academic standards, Forest School-inspired curriculum

  • Indoor and outdoor learning environments

  • Hot and cold lunch menu selections

  • Access to additional learning areas including art, music, physical education., Spanish, and library

  • Flexible seating and learning environments

  • Fall and spring semester after-school clubs

  • After-school athletic opportunities

  • Private music lesson opportunities

  • Extended Time Care (ETC) available 7:30-8 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.

The Lower School's mission is to provide an environment that encourages independence while valuing the time and development of individual children. Children construct their own knowledge through flexible instruction, child-initiated play, and the process of learning how to learn. We are a diverse community that fosters mutual respect and social responsibility, enhanced by a strong partnership between home and school.

Explore our Lower School curriculum

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    Head of Lower School

    Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher

    Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher

    Kindergarten and 1st grade assistant

    Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher

    K-7 art 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
    For more information contact us at or by calling 419-381-1313.
Maumee Valley Country Day School is the only PreK-12th grade accredited, co-educational, and independent school in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.