Our classrooms are child-centered communities conducive to sensorial exploration and discovery. Individualized and independent work meets the needs of a variety of learners while concrete and manipulative materials lead to a sense of mastery and accomplishment. A team-teaching model yields a low teacher/student ratio that guarantees children receive the attention they need, but at the same time, teachers know the value of giving students time and space to work through problems on their own. Cooperative learning experiences, a tolerance and appreciation of differences, and a sense of responsibility for yourself and others are all part of the value of a multi-age classroom. Other advantages include making long term student/teacher relationships (and parent/teacher) and developing social competencies.