- Allows for flexibility in the
grouping of children according to need, ability, or interest; not just by
- Problems associated with a yearly
transition from one grade to another can be overcome. The teacher has a
nucleus of children, trained in the details of the class organization who
keep it going while newcomers absorb it.
- As the student-teacher-parent relationship
develops over a longer period of time, students will receive greater
support for their success in school.
- A more natural learning situation
is established. Children work at their own pace. Their program is not
geared to the work of a single year but can be adjusted over two or more
- Benefits come to the older
children from the quality of leadership and responsibility they develop.
- Young children are stimulated
intellectually by older children.
- Children have a broader social
experience with increased opportunities to lead and to follow, to
collaborate and to make stable peer relationships.