multiage learning


We are so excited to introduce a new model at GLOW Preschool, embedded in the shared
philosophy of each teacher. Throughout our time teaching at GLOW, we have witnessed the
magic that happens during multiage play and interactions. We firmly believe that early
childhood is a beautiful sacred journey and never a race. With this belief driving the passion of
our team, we are moving to a blended age group classroom and becoming a multiage




What is a multiage preschool? Simply put, a multiage preschool is a school where the age
groups are combined. Rather than having a classroom of only two year olds, three year olds or
four year olds, the three age groups will share a large space and all of the teachers. We have
researched the benefits and the various models and this method has been used for many years
in Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Montessori schools. In this model, the early education of the
very young child is seen as an individual journey within a school family of unique learners.




● Allows older children to learn leadership skills while motivating the younger children
● Creates a strong sense of community and security
● Facilitates important relationships across age groups
● Fosters an environment of cooperation and learning from each other
● Develops a sense of family among classmates who become a “family of learners” that
support and care for one another
● Closely resembles what a child might experience in their home environment
● Children develop a sense of ownership of their own learning by being given choices,
which is the foundation of all future learning
● Children begin their journey with the same teachers and that relationship grows and
strengthens over the three years enrolled at GLOW Preschool
● Children have several years to develop and are able to see themselves as successful
learners, maintaining and building self esteem
● Children are viewed as unique individuals
● Teachers are able to group children in a variety of different ways to best meet their needs
● Teachers focus on teaching each child according to his or her strengths and needs
● Teachers develop a deep understanding of a child’s strengths and needs and are able to
support each individual child




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Westchester, IL 60154

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