Mixed Ages

The montessori classroom is specifically design to encourage the interaction between older and younger ages. The younger ones benefit greatly from having an older peer guiding their learning, while the teacher sits as the observer. Having older role models the younger children are able to learn at their own pace through practice and imitation. The older children gain confidence as being the guide, and their own learning is reinforced. Here is a lovely example of this learning, with Jasmine and Noa, Jasmine is demonstrating to Noa how to build a puzzle. Noa is completely engaged in the activity, clapping each time a new piece is placed. And is encouraged to try herself.

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