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​2-5-Year-Old Preschool Class




We have a mixed-age classroom. Mixed-age classrooms generate a family of learners who support and care for one another. Older children have the opportunity to serve as mentors and take leadership roles. Younger children can have peer role models.

Mixed-aged group during lessons- What does this look like?


Although the classroom is a mixed-age group, students are often grouped by age. An example of this is a teacher doing a lesson on shapes. The children then go back to their tables based on their ages. For example, one teacher with younger children would present the younger age group with many different shapes of manipulative flat blocks. The teacher and the students would help one another find all the circles, squares, rectangles, etc., and put them in groups according to shape and color if there is time.

The older age group would work at a different table with the guidance of another teacher. This teacher would show the children how to pattern with the block shapes. The children would then try patterning on their own with the manipulatives.

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