The multi-age classroom recognizes that children progress at different rates in different areas. Providing a two to five year span of materials and activities allows each child to work at the pace and level best suited for their individual interests and abilities. It also lets children find peers with whom they share interests.
Younger children have role models in the older children, and the older children gain confidence by being the classroom leaders. – a role that take great pride in! “Teaching” or caring for a younger child is an excellent way to consolidate one’s own learning.
Materials bring abstract principles to life. There are objects to sort and sequence, beads to add or subtract, letters to touch and trace, and real dishes to wash. The children engage in meaningful activities not just pretend ones. They practice tying their own shoes and hanging their own coats. They practice good manners and benefit from meaningful social interactions.