Campus Map with Boundaries
Our children’s independent play is framed by explicit, clearly-defined limits, or boundaries. These boundaries are physical as well as social; both types expand as students become older and ready for more responsibility. Boundaries are made explicit. They are presented not only as limits but also as opportunities to go further, do more, and try new things — perhaps as an athlete or artist, an organizer of an inclusive game, an environmental explorer, or a patient mediator when there is conflict.
We expect our oldest students to help younger children understand our community expectations and to lead by example as well as by explicit guidance. Rough play by “big kids” in a soccer game is going to be emulated by younger students, but so are good sportsmanship and encouraging comments. The older students can see the effects of what they model and are held accountable for the consequences.
Parents’ Role with Boundaries Outside School Hours
Parents are responsible for their own children outside of school hours and need to be their child’s “first responder” during this time. Please know and help your children understand that after dismissal and outside of regular school hours, we expect them to follow all of the Miquon rules and adhere to their regular boundaries — unless a supervising adult is along with them.
Miquon staff will give parents verbal reminders that children must be within their grade level boundaries or within parent/caregiver’s line of sight at all times. Children are not allowed to visit the Bamboo Forest independently at night. As you come back this fall, our wish is that you help us live out our Expectations for Independent Play.