Children grow and learn naturally in mixed-age groups. Younger children watch and learn from the “experts,” including important cognitive and social skills. Older children can explore the same materials more deeply and gain self-confidence by teaching and interacting with younger children. However it can be challenging to balance safety, active learning, and the individual needs of each child. Participants will explore what the research shows about multi-age groups in early childhood, and, through discussion and interactive activities, plan to meet the needs of a multi-age group of children. This course includes topics on “diverse learners.” This training is 5 hours/.5 CEU credits. Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Curriculum.
Instructor: Linda Schumacher