The three-year age range enables older children to analyse what they have learnt as they teach the younger child, while the younger children are inspired to more advanced work through observing the older ones. With such a variety of levels in the classroom, each child can work at his or her own pace, unhindered by competition and encouraged by co-operation.
The Montessori Method is organised in three yearly cycles.
Cycle 1 – for children aged 3 – 6 years (Mainstream education – Kinder, Prep)
Cycle 2 – for children aged 6 – 9 years (Mainstream education – grades 1, 2, 3)
Cycle 3 – for children aged 9 – 12 years (Mainstream education – grades 4, 5, 6).
The Benefits of Multi-age Classes
Rosemary Quaranta of the Seton Montessori Institute describes the way children benefit from being in a multi-age Montessori elementary classroom.