OUR PEDAGOGICAL BELIEFS


MIXING OF AGES

OUR PEDAGOGICAL BELIEFS


MIXING OF AGES

OUR PEDAGOGICAL BELIEFS


The mixing of 3 to 6 year old in the Early Years benefits both younger and older children. Learning occurs very naturally when children of different ages spend time together.

Between the ages of 3 and 6, boys and girls grow and mature at very different rates. Numerical age is not an accurate determinant of development and ability in the preschool years. In a mixed-age group setting, teachers are better able to meet the needs of individual children.
 

For new arrivals, the presence of older or more experienced children is reassuring as routines and expectations have been established in the mixed-aged class.

The younger children observe and imitate the older ones triggering exciting moments of discovery and experimentation.

The mixing of ages also enables children to consolidate their understanding by sharing what they have learned, develop patience and refine their social skills. They are provided with real-life contexts in which their dispositions to nurture may be practised and strengthened.

As the children grow together, the new arrivals follow the path of the older children and the eldest are able to see how far they have come.

Language learning also benefits from the more diverse interactions between children of different ages.

Children also develop a stronger sense of belonging to a community by working together and co-operating with children of different ages, as happens within a family setting.

Mixed-age grouping has been shown to greatly improve the development of social and emotional intelligence.

The mixing of 3 to 6 year old in the Early Years benefits both younger and older children. Learning occurs very naturally when children of different ages spend time together.

Between the ages of 3 and 6, boys and girls grow and mature at very different rates. Numerical age is not an accurate determinant of development and ability in the preschool years. In a mixed-age group setting, teachers are better able to meet the needs of individual children.

For new arrivals, the presence of older or more experienced children is reassuring as routines and expectations have been established in the mixed-aged class.

The younger children observe and imitate the older ones triggering exciting moments of discovery and experimentation.

The mixing of ages also enables children to consolidate their understanding by sharing what they have learned, develop patience and refine their social skills. They are provided with real-life contexts in which their dispositions to nurture may be practised and strengthened.

As the children grow together, the new arrivals follow the path of the older children and the eldest are able to see how far they have come.

Language learning also benefits from the more diverse interactions between children of different ages.

Children also develop a stronger sense of belonging to a community by working together and co-operating with children of different ages, as happens within a family setting.

Mixed-age grouping has been shown to greatly improve the development of social and emotional intelligence.