The Pre-school practices multi-age grouping because we feel children learn as much or more from each other as they do from teachers, the more differences among and between children, the more learning takes place.  Age levels are actually just a convenient way to organize and mean little as far as similarity of instructional needs.  The children with less skill profit from the more able.  The more able children gain because they have the opportunity to see their knowledge benefiting others.  The pre-school provides an informal learning experience for 20 children under the direction of four teachers.  When 20 children are working and playing the area can seem very noisy.  The class, however, is under control because the teachers can gain the attention of the entire group quickly with certain signals.

Even when children are at play they are learning.  We are continually reinforcing sounds, colors and numbers, bringing these important elements into every phase of the program.  Remember, too, that there are structured times when the children are required to follow certain rules.  Whenever we do a group project, the children have the option to participate or not.  However, if they do not join the group, they must work with a quiet toy so as not to disturb the group.  At these times one of the teachers is supervising the smaller group.

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