From the Director:
A multiage classroom is a place where the child is the center of the curriculum. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate for all children and meets their developing skills, as each child is a unique individual. A multiage classroom containing developmentally appropriate practices will include active learning, varied instructional practices, a balance between teacher-directed and child-directed activities, integrated curriculum and learning centers. In a multiage classroom there is an absence of â??grade levelsâ?? so that opportunities exist for each child to interact with a larger variety of children, their personalities, abilities, interests and materials. In a multiage classroom, children develop a sense of caring and understanding as they help each other learn. The nature of the classroom encourages a lot of interaction and talking between the children and the teachers. When children are helping and supporting each other and drawing on their own strengths they learn to respect individual differences. The security of the classroom as a community of learners empowers each child to see how successful s/he can be and, therefore, increases self-esteem.