Vertical Grouping

Vertical Grouping, synonymous with Mixed-Age Classrooms, emphasizes the integration of children across a broad age range within the same educational setting. This approach highlights the vertical spread of ages and the rich learning opportunities it presents. Unlike traditional education systems that group children by age, vertical grouping in Montessori education encourages a more natural, family-like structure where children can learn from and support each other.

This diversity in age and development fosters a cooperative rather than competitive atmosphere, where each child’s unique strengths and needs are recognized and valued. Vertical grouping supports personalized learning trajectories, allowing children to advance through the curriculum as they are ready, rather than being confined to the pace of their age group. It cultivates a sense of community, responsibility, and mutual respect, crucial components of the Montessori philosophy.