Authentic Montessori environment will display classes of vertically aged children. Children are in classes of at least 3 year groupings, which fosters an environment of peer learning. The younger child learns from the older child, while the older child reinforces their learning by teaching what they have mastered to the younger child. This concept is a mirror image of the real world where humans socialise with people from all walks of life, ages, and societies. While the older students are the mentors and role models, the younger children can feel supported and gain confidence for the challenges that they may need to face as they mature.
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