Multi-Age Classrooms

Multi-age groupings model the family group in which the child’s initial learning took place. In a family, children have the opportunity to learn from parents and siblings. Children develop socially and intellectually at quite different rates and they have a diverse range of interests. The multi-age structure recognizes this diversity.

Children learn by modelling others. The older children in the class can be role models for the younger ones. The younger children quickly adopt the independent work habits, skills and practices of the older ones. Children are less competitive towards each other. They are more ready to accept differences and take advantage of the opportunities given to work at their level.

Multi-Age Groupings Allow Teachers...
  • Opportunities for extension of students beyond traditional year expectations.
  • Opportunities for social interaction between the different age groups. A spirit of mutual assistance and acceptance between students for each child to work at different times in different ways for different purposes.