Why Mixed-Age Learning is so Effective for Kids
We're back in the Philippines!
We had a very busy morning! Kids tried #cutiestix for the first time. This was one of the gifts Kara received from her friends on her birthday.
Anyway -- true enough, having a sibling has so many benefits.
First of all, Kara can interpret what Andy wants better than any of us can (amazing, how they're more attuned to each other's needs and wants). Second, all babies learn by imitating other people, but they seem to particularly love to copycat older kids.
Babies focus to what catches their attention and in the case of our children, what Kara does, Andy will try right away.
From reading to practical life activities (like sewing and threading), My 3 year old son, Andy learns better when he sees 7 year old Kara do it (after all, they see it from a child's vantage point).
I just watch the two of them play beside each other (or together, when they feel like it). Sometimes, they'd invite us to join their activity, other times, they just want us to be present, but not to interrupt them (I'm guilty of interrupting from time to time, still a very bad habit I'm trying to get rid of 😅😅😅)
P.S. IT'S AMAZING WHEN WE GET TO WITNESS WHAT DR. MONTESSORI SAID ABOUT THE VALUE OF HAVING A MIXED-AGE learning environment.
We've seen first hand how they learn from each other and together. There is no "competition" but it's more of collaboration.
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