Multi-age learning provides a rich medium for interpersonal and individual learning.

multi-age learning environment
Multi-age learning provides a rich opportunity for interpersonal and individual learning by bringing children of different ages and ability levels together. Children work as individuals, pairs, triads, small groups, large groups, or whole class. These short-term groupings are based on interest, needs, learning style, problem-solving, skill instruction, and reinforcement.

In a multi-age environment, children move from easier to more difficult material and from simple to more complex strategies at their own pace. They are viewed as individuals, and expectations are adjusted for each child to promote social, emotional, physical, aesthetic, and cognitive development. Students are required to produce ideas, integrate knowledge, and complete tasks that have real-world applications.

Benefits of Multiage Learning:

  • Children progress at their own pace and individual differences are celebrated.
  • Children develop increased self-esteem, more cooperative behavior, better attitudes toward school in general, increased pro-social behaviors (caring, tolerant, patient, supportive), enriched personal relationships, increased personal responsibility. We also see a decline in discipline problems.
  • The child is known as a whole person (socially, emotionally, physically, and academically).
  • Interactive assessment is ongoing and diagnostic, providing information on a student’s strengths and weaknesses so that lessons can be tailored to the student’s specific needs
  • Older students develop mentoring and leadership skills as a result of serving as role models and helping the younger children.
  • Children do as well or better in academic learning as children in groups traditionally separated by age or grade.

A note about parental involvement: At Summa Academy, we involve all parents in multi-age education. Parents participate in multi-age project-based learning experiences as an integral part of the parent education program. Parents are included in our definition of multiage learning.

 

 

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