One thing that sets Montessori school programs apart from traditional schools is the use of mixed-age classrooms. If you’re considering a Montessori school for your child, you may have some questions about classrooms with different age groups. Here are the answers to some of the questions parents frequently have about this classroom style.
What age ranges are in the classroom?
Typically, students are within two to three years of each other in a single classroom. For example, three to six year olds may share the same class. This structure allows classes to be mixed in age but doesn’t put students with extremely large developmental differences in the same room, so that closer peer bonds are likely to develop.
What are the benefits of mixed-age classrooms?
In mixed-aged classes, students are able to learn at their own paces instead of following a strictly defined curriculum based on their age. It also helps kids learn to build a community with people of different ages, interests, and abilities, which allows them to learn cooperation skills. Being in a mixed-aged classroom also encourages the students to help each other. Younger children get the benefit of guidance from their older peers, while the older students benefit from the leadership experience they gain.
Will being in a mixed-age classroom stunt learning?
Some parents worry that being in a classroom with students of different ages will impede their children’s progress, especially if their students are advanced learners. In reality, this classroom design frees students from the constraints of a rigid curriculum to learn at a pace that is right for them. Students often have more opportunities to progress in mixed-age classrooms than in traditional settings.
If you are considering a Montessori education for your child, The Montessori School is available to address any questions you may have. Please contact our Dallas campus by calling (469) 685-1732 , or call us in Allen at (972) 908-5055 to make an appointment for a school tour.