Cross-age schooling provides benefits for students

Published 10:00 pm Friday, May 17, 2019

Students in the Albert Lea transition program visit two preschool classes once a week.


Students in the 18-21 Transition Program have been spending time with the preschool classrooms the past few weeks. 

According to a press release, the students go into Katrina Pedersen’s 3-year -old class and Trisha Whelan’s 4-year-old class once a week. 

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“The preschoolers love to have the big kids come to play in our classroom,” Pedersen said. “They look forward to it each week, asking when they are coming.   It’s a great collaboration for the two classes to learn from one another.”

“The preschoolers look forward to the big kids coming to play each week,” Whelan said. “They are excited to show them our room and get on the floor and play with them.  Great partnership for both rooms.” 

Lori Nelson, teacher of the 18-21 program, said the visits are beneficial to her students, as well.

The students enjoy making connections with the preschoolers and like being able to call them by their names when they see them in the halls.