With our Eatontown mixed-age classrooms, students become a "family" of learners. Here, students support and care for each other. Older students guide and mentors their younger peers. Older students guide and mentors their younger peers. Here, students support and care for each other. Older students guide and mentors their younger peers. The younger students learn to follow instructions and cooperate with their older peers. The spirit of cooperation and mentoring flourishes in this environment.
Our families need good communication and cooperation to work. The same goes for mixed age classes. Here, students learn to clearly express themselves and taught to listen to others. Students practice open communication with their peers and their even their teachers.
Each child is unique. They have different learning rates and developmental patterns. The rigid grade-level system of traditional schools today may be ill-matched for these needs. It uses a blanket approach that assumes that students are of the same learning level. It brings out a sense of competition between students and wanting to be above others.
In Eatontown, we follow the Montessori style of learning. We have mixed-age classes, individualized schoolwork and a strong support system. With this mixed age set-up, we focus on independent learning and peer sharing. Its a system that works for teachers and highly beneficial for students.