Mixed Age Classroom (MAC): Ages 2-4
Research shows there are a wide range of benefits to mixed age classrooms and most of the top research-based preschools now offer a mixed age class. Please see attached sheet with some information about the benefits of mixed age classrooms.
In our MAC room there will be a daily schedule with predictable routines for the children to become familiar and comfortable with. We will also offer music and movement, art opportunities, gardening, cooking, dramatic play, sensory exploration and outdoor playtime. We will also be partaking in a community service project where children in the MAC room will help make bagged lunches for the local homeless shelter. We aim to instill a sense of compassion and empathy in our students by offering them a way to give back to their community. Of course there will be free play opportunities, as well as teacher-initiated activities. A morning gathering will occur daily with a welcome song, singing and review of shapes, colors, counting and any special theme of the week. The indoor and outdoor environment is inspired by Reggio Emilia, R.I.E. and Waldorf child development philosophies.