Multiage

Multiage classes are created when children of different ages and grade levels are intentionally combined in a single classroom to realize academic and social benefits. Multiage is an option for incoming kindergarten families, who may choose between multiage, looping, and traditional single year classrooms. You can apply for HHE's multiage program by filling out our online application or by picking up and completing a hard copy from the front office. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are no longer being accepted.

Multiage at HHE
Heron Heights is proud to currently offer K/1 and 2/3 multiage classes. A student enters our multiage family in kindergarten as a "younger" and remains in the same class for his/her first grade year as new youngers join the classroom family. First graders, or "olders" as we refer to them, develop leadership and problem solving skills as they act as role models to their younger peers. Olders inspire youngers to push themselves as they learn and work alongside one another. Our multiage classes are run like families and are taught by teachers who believe that children learn as much from their peers as they do their teacher. Lasting friendships, differentiated instruction, and an understanding of how children learn makes multiage an enticing option for Heron Heights families that you can't find just anywhere.

High Touch, High Tech in K/1

Our K-1 scientists had a blast at their High Touch/High Tech in-house field trip. We learned all about chemical and physical changes. We did four hands-on science experiments: identifying acids and bases, mixing and making new colors, edible gummies, and making slime.

Genius Hour in 2/3

Have you ever had a moment where you are suddenly wanting to learn more about a particular topic or idea? It happens to us all the time. The Bookworms have been finding ways to pursue their own curiosities. Throughout the week, students can add a “wonder” or curiosity question to the class Wonder Wall. On Fridays, we set aside the last hour of the day to explore these questions. This is our Genius Hour. Students can work alone, in a partnership, or in a small group. Through research, the students are hoping to find answers to their wonderings. The end result will be a project that anchors their learning (i.e. a PowerPoint presentation, brochure, poster). We kicked off our Genius Hour by exploring all sorts of interesting topics. How do owls hear? Are there different types of lightning? Can animals look at a solar eclipse? Curiosity leads to great discoveries.

High-Touch, High-Tech Permissions Slips Due Sept. 7th

Multiage is excited to once again pair with High Touch, High Tech to better explore our science standards. Every month, multiage students will have an in-school science field trip that will transform our classrooms into living laboratories. The programs are completely hands-on and meet Broward County’s New Generation Standards for Science. We have selected labs that directly align with what we will be teaching at the time, ensuring we get the most from the experience. We were also sure to select labs that last year’s students have not already completed, making the experience “new” for both youngers and olders. Field trip forms were emailed to parents by the multiage teachers on Friday, Sept. 1st.

First Family Event, Sept. 17

Our first Multiage Family Event for the new school year is right around the corner. We will be ice skating on Sunday, September 17 from 1-3pm at Florida Panthers Ice Den (Coral Springs). You will pay at the ice rink, as it is during open skate. We are looking forward to a wonderful event!!

Open House, Sept. 6th

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming multiage open houses on Wednesday, September 6th. Our K/1 presentations will be at 6:30 and 2/3 will start at 7:30. Be on the lookout for information regarding location from your child's teacher. We are looking forward to telling you a little more about what we do in our classrooms and the philosophy behind it.

"Be the Leader"

We want to say "welcome" to all of our new multiage families. As we kick off the sixth year of our multiage program, we hope that one day your family will look back on your time in multiage as four years filled with memories. Our program is built on the foundation of family and we believe our families are some of the best.

This year's theme is "Be the Leader." Our goal to inspire our students to step into leadership positions in the world around them. Whether they are showing a younger the ropes or leading by example within their family, we want our students to have the confidence to lead. We look forward to motivating our students to step into the shoes of a leader throughout the year.

Happy Birthday Mo!!

Did you know Mo Willems' birthday was on February 11th? The students in our K/1 multiage classes certainly do! Recently many of our K/1 students spent some time learning more about the award winning author and his most beloved characters. Students read his books, explored his website, and learned how to draw a few of his characters. Mrs. McCormack's class even earned "official" certificates from the Local Bus Drivers Appreciation Society and Nationally Recognized Bus Enthusiast Mo Willems for outstanding achievement in the prevention of letting the pigeon drive the bus. Be sure to ask your child about his/her favorite Mo Willems character and/or book. Happy reading!

Multiage Adult Night, April 1

We are looking forward to our first Multiage Adult Night on Saturday, April 1st. It will begin with a team scavenger hunt throughout The Coconut Creek Promenade followed by a three hour celebration at Coopers Hawk Winery. We will crown the winners, as we partake in unlimited wine and appetizers. Many thanks to our Multiage parent committee who is organizing this exciting event.

Jump Rope for Heart Pep Rally

Our students attended a pep rally to kick off our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. We encourage our multiage families to visit the Jump Rope for Heart and register their child for an account. Coach O'Rorke will take the lead as he helps the students improve their jump roping skills and also teaches them valuable information about their hearts and how they can stay "heart healthy." The big event will be on February 24th. Please be on the lookout for more details from our school PTO.

Jack Hartmann Performs for K/1

The K/1 multiage classes joined up with the kindergarten classes on January 30th to see Jack Hartmann perform live in our school's cafeteria. The olders had nothing but fond memories of last year's concert and were eager for our youngers to get in on the fun. Mr. Hartmann performed many of his most beloved songs including "Hip Hop, Tooty Ta" and "The Alligator Chomp." If you haven't already checked it out, he has a YouTube station with over 60,000 subscribers!!

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