Crossing Borders International Preschool supports multi-aged classrooms as part of its academic language instruction. After several years of teaching different ages in the same classroom, we came to prove that students in our mixed ages’ classes learn successfully. While our youngest students can be challenged with a program that is advance for their age, the older students are supported in a learning environment that gives them confidence to develop their unique strengths.
Multi-aged classrooms help students build a sense of belonging in a small classroom community since they remain in the same class for a longer period. The students are exposed with students of all levels of language fluency and cognitive skills, which helps them feel inspired from each other and they get to know each other better.
At Crossing Borders, we offer the flexibility to learn languages in both same-age classrooms and multi-aged classrooms. We are proud to say that all our students flourish in all of the languages we teach and they have the same opportunities to learn and master their social, emotional and cognitive skills.
What Parents say about our French Immersion Classroom:
Our daughter has been attending the French Immersion classroom at Crossing Borders since she was 2 years-old and we are about to graduate to Kindergarten in the fall. It has been a wonderful experience. We speak Spanish at home and hear English everywhere else (my boys go to English-only elementary schools) so we decided to place her in French.
In such a short time her vocabulary has blossomed and her confidence and fluency have increased. Much of the credit goes to the wonderful French teachers she has had, Ms Naoual and Ms. Radia. They are creative, nurturing, and sweet with the kids. I can say that about all of the teachers, regardless of language classroom, they are always going out of their way to provide the most fun education to the kids using different languages as conduits to get there. It has not been about teaching the language as much as teaching in the language which is what I really appreciate. What I love about our experience is that since we have been in a mixed-age class for most of our time at Crossing Borders it has allowed my daughter to mature and get along with older and younger kiddos. The teachers do a fantastic job of mixing up the activities to keep it challenging enough for the more experienced kids but allowing the new kids to learn at their own pace.
Besides the great environment and results that I have seen with my daughter, I do think that Crossing Borders offers great value for childcare compared to other options. Their hours are convenient and not having to think about pre- and after-care but knowing that she’s in a safe and caring environment all day is great.
My only concern now as we move on is how to maintain her French as we move into Kindergarten!
Isabella’s mom, Juliana Ronderos