LMUCC offers a mixed-age classroom where children range from 2 to 5 years of age. Outside of childcare settings, it is uncommon for young children to spend large amounts of time in groups of children of the same age. LMUCC believes that developmental factors other than chronological age (i.e., social, emotional, and cognitive level of maturity) are valuable aspects of a child's development. Thus, this classroom grouping supports the development of the young child in a unique way.
Mixed-age classrooms develop cooperation skills where children help each other as individuals, rather than see each other as competitors. This classroom setting also exposes younger children to older children who model more sophisticated approaches to problem solving. This creates a "win-win" situation - younger children accomplish tasks they could not do without the assistance of older children, while the older children increase their feelings of independence and competence.
- Developmentally appropriate curriculum which is oriented to the "whole child" and inclusive of mixed-age levels.
- Cognitively-oriented curriculum that emphasizes experiences which will lead the child to the construction of logical knowledge through science, math and problem-solving activities.
- Literacy curriculum that focuses on each child's growth and understanding of reading and writing.
- Anti-bias curriculum that helps the child grow in his/her understanding of fairness, human rights and differences.
- Art and sensory activities to foster and encourage creativity.