In all areas of our educational institution, the children live, learn and work in mixed-age groups. Our youngest children are an exception: the children in the Nido and Casita groups are relatively homogeneous in age, as developmental needs change particularly rapidly at this time.
Teamwork instead of competition
Montessori, but also the primary school association, point out the advantages of mixed-age learning and working communities. Experiencing a community whose motivation to work is not characterised by competition and performance measurement, but by mutual support and responsibility, facilitates learning to act democratically and promotes the joy of work. The mixture of ages encourages helping and sharing, e.g. of newly acquired knowledge and skills, which are thereby deepened and perfected.
Role models and learning impulses
Older children have a considerable role model function for the younger ones and thus assume responsibility at an early age. At the same time, the younger children get a lot of learning impulses from "the big ones" in the group, which in turn has a positive effect on the learning motivation of all children.