We are proud that FOUNDATIONS has joined the many schools across the country offering blended age classrooms and their success! The Blended Age classroom offers an environment where students develop and flourish in a nurturing community where students from two traditional preschool grade levels are taught in the same classroom.
In the Blended Age program, your child has opportunity to be involved with two new educational concepts !……. Looping (keeping same teacher(s) two years in a row), and Blended Curriculum (multi level instruction). By looping with the same teacher(s) two years in a row, the learning curve of getting to know a student, their strengths, needs, and abilities is absent. The better a teacher knows the student the easier it is to provide appropriate instruction and the relationship is already thereJ Students in the second year make quick progress when looping with a familiar class and/or teacher, and are already accustomed to the teaching style, structure, and routines.
In a blended classroom, students from two traditional preschool grade levels are taught in the same classroom. Students are taught at their instructional level, which may be independent of age/grade level. This means they will be challenged against their own learning. This allows children to master and then progress from one concept or skill level to the next! We have seen this come to fruition every year in our Blended Age Program and it has been very rewarding!
The blended classroom also creates a nurturing community among classmates. Students have the opportunity to mentor and learn from each other. We have watched our younger students look to their older peers for guidance, and look on at their higher and different level instruction with curiosity. Curiosity promotes learning!
The learning environment of a blended class is also ideal for students with strong skill sets. Instruction and classroom assignments are designed to challenge and promote continuous growth. Levels of instruction are continuously changing as individual student’s skill sets progress. Research has shown that older children respond positively when given the opportunity to act as mentors, both academically and socially.