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5/2/21  4:36 pm
Commenter: Nancy M. Breeden, Staunton Montessori School

Mixed Age Grouping and Recognizing Authentic Montessori Training

I have 20 years experience teaching in an accredited Montessori school which has an excellent reputation for quality early childhood education.  We have, in the past, served thirty 3-6 year old children and are currently able to have 28 children with two highly trained staff.  Our training has enabled us to offer curriculum-based developmental areas of the classroom including practical life, sensorial, language, math, geography, etc.  We are fostering interest in learning, cooperation and freedom to talk and interact.  Mixed age classes promote individual development, a compassion of the older for the younger and self-confidence.   A variety of abilities also reduces competition.    A ratio of 28 students to 2 adults ensures that an adult is not always available to step in and help fosters independence and creates an "I will try to do it myself" attitude within the group.  Older children are often eager to help the younger ones, but are shown how to do it respectfully and only if asked by the child.

We hope that you will recognize authentic Montessori training from Association Montessori Internationale and American Montessori Society, which are both Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education(MACTE ) accredited training centers.  We hope you will also recognize that the mixed age grouping and ratio of 1 to 14 works very well in the Montessori environment.



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