ERIC Number: ED356867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Kindergarten through Second Grade Multi-Age Classroom.
Ventura, Ellen; And Others
Insights into Open Education, v25 n5 Jan-Feb 1993
Recognizing that primary education needed to be changed in order to make it research-based and developmentally appropriate, a group of teachers in Wyoming developed a multi-age, team-taught class, called the Primary Education Program. The first year's class included 3 teachers and 60 students in kindergarten through first grade, and the second year included 4 teachers and 80 students in kindergarten through second grade. The mission of the program was to transform the traditional classroom into a setting that met the needs of young children, rather than one that required the students to meet the needs of the school. Four goals established to meet that mission were to: (1) provide for each child's unique and sporadic growth; (2) eliminate alternate placements; (3) achieve full inclusion of special education students; and (4) eliminate retention in a grade. Included in the class are students aged 5 through 9, or students in kindergarten through second grade. The teaching team consists of four primary teachers, one of whom is a special education teacher. The teachers work with the music, art, library, and physical education teachers to integrate the curriculum used in the classroom into the specialists' classrooms. The multi-age program, which is a full-day program for all students, allows greater flexibility and opportunities in instruction. (HOD)
Descriptors: Developmental Programs, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Elementary School Students, Flexible Scheduling, Grade Repetition, Grade 1, Grade 2, Individual Differences, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Mainstreaming, Mixed Age Grouping, Primary Education, Program Descriptions, Student Placement, Team Teaching
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.