Mixed age groups are important in a child’s development particularly in their social and emotional development. In our open classroom environment, children learn how to care, help, work and cooperate with one another. Young children learn by observing and modeling the older children with how to solve their own problems and to self-regulate allowing them to become more independent and having to rely less on adults. Older children learn to exercise patience as they teach the younger children and practice leadership skills that they have learned from their teachers.
Small group activities occur throughout the day allowing teacher’s to focus on the individual needs of each child. These needs are assessed by the teachers own interaction with the children and their observation of them at play.