Between the hours of 7:00 to 8:30 am and 4:00 to 6:30 pm, children who arrive early or get picked up later on in the day have the opportunity to engage in mixed-age play under the close care of our staff.
Studies show that age mixing allows younger children to engage in and learn from activities that they could not do alone or with just playmates for the same age. It also allows them to observe and emulate models of activities that are more advanced than their own. Finally, younger children receive emotional support and care beyond what their age-mates could provide.
On the flip side, age-mixed play provides the older participants practice in nurturing and leading, inspiration for creative and imaginative activities, and opportunities to learn through teaching, thus reinforcing their own learning at the same time that they are learning from others.
Not only does it bring the children closer, but it also brings our families closer so that they get to know children and parents in other rooms. In our community of learners, everyone is respected for where he or she is on the learning continuum. All children can be leaders and teach other students!