Why do Montessori classrooms group different age levels together?

Posted on: Sep 16

Sometimes parents worry about having their child in a classroom with children older or younger than their child. Montessori classrooms are organized to include a two-to-three year age span, which allows younger students to be stimulated by the work of the older children, who in turn become role models.  At each level, Montessori programs are designed to address the developmental needs that are normal to children of that stage. Within each level, each child can learn at their own pace and will be ready for any given lesson in their own time. Also with a mixed-age class, children stay in each level for two-to-three years and the classroom environment stays relatively stable. This also allows children to bond and become a small little commuinty within their classroom.