MULTIPLE AGE CLASSES
Montessori education is structured around multiple year cycles:
At every stage of development, Montessori education uses multiple ages in one classroom, the number of years in one room increasing as children get older:
- Toddlers – 18 months
- Primary – 3 years
- Elementary – 6 years.
There are many benefits to having several ages in one classroom. The younger children gain by having many teachers, not just the adults in the room but also the older children. The older children learn empathy as they become leaders in the classroom and take on more responsibility for the running of the classroom. When you have one age-group in each class, the same children tend to be the leaders every single year. Leadership, however, is a skill that most children can develop, if given the chance. In a Montessori classroom every child has the opportunity to discover and flex their leadership muscle.