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. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year on May 20th.

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.

K/1 Studies Caterpillars

In conjunction with their oviparous animal study, our K/1 students are the proud parents of caterpillars. Each K/1 classroom is observing a collection of Painted Lady Butterfly larva. Students use hand lenses to make observations, and monitor caterpillar growth as they are immersed in an insect study. The K/1 caterpillars have all entered the pupa stage and they are anxiously awaiting for their butterflies to make an appearance.

Multiage Students Get New Laptops

K/1 Students Researching Caterpillars & Butterflies

We are happy to announce that each of our multiage classrooms has received ten laptops as part of HHE's technology refresh. Because our new laptops utilize an operating system different than what we are used to, teachers and students are working side by side to familiarize ourselves with the new devices. Although each multiage teacher will choose to utilize the laptops in different ways, all multiage students will use them regularly throughout the school year.

K/1 Explores Oviparous Animals

Two of our K/1 classes have been learning about oviparous animals, animals that hatch from an egg. With the use of our new computers, the students are creating lists in word processing programs, researching oviparous animals using PebbleGo, and creating concept maps. Last week the students also got to use the microscopes to check out egg shells up close. Our caterpillar/butterfly study is embedded within this unit, which makes it even more exciting. Be sure to ask your K/1 student about the interesting thing he/she is learning.

Multicultural Arts Night, 1st Place Banner

Did your family make it out to HHE's first multicultural arts night? All HHE students had artwork displayed and we hear there were all types of fun activities for the kids. Kindergarten-third grade students worked with their classmates and Meet the Masters parents to create class banners. The multiage teachers are so appreciative of the parents who stepped up and helped to make sure our multiage banners were completed and hanging up for display. We would not have been able to participate in the event without your help. Our banners looked great! Our very own Beach Buddies from Mrs. McCormack's K/1 class took home first place. Their class earned $100. Way to go multiage!

The Beach Buddies Welcome a Guinea Pig

Not to be outdone by their Froggy Friend neighbors, the Beach Buddies added a rodent to their classroom family. Trixie, an Abyssinian guinea pig, has joined the bustling classroom family. Beach Buddies will research guinea pigs with the longterm goal of becoming "Guinea Pig Whisperers." Mrs. McCormack's classroom has a bulletin board devoted to the furry rodent, and the children are studying informational text features, with guinea pigs as their focus. The recently discovered a comic book series called Guinea PI, about a Guinea Pig named Sasspants who uses problem solving strategies to solve mysteries for other animals in the pet store.

The Froggy Friends Get a Hamster

We are happy to announce that the Froggy Friends now have a classroom pet, a Dwarf hamster they have named George. George is named after one of our K/1 mentor authors, George McClemments. George lives in Mrs. Goldstein's classroom and will be a catalyst for learning. Students will become hamster experts as they research and study the inquisitive nocturnal rodent. The class has also fallen in love with a young reader chapter book series written from the perspective of a classroom hamster named Humphrey.

We're Back!!

WE'RE BACK!!! We know we haven't been updating the site for a while, but we are happy to say that we are back to posting about the great things that are happening in our multiage classrooms.

End of Year Pool Party, May 30

We hope your family is able to join us on May 30th for our Second Annual Multiage End of Year Pool Party!! This year we have moved the party to the Heron Bay main clubhouse pool. Join us from 3-5 as we say "congrats" for another successful year!

FYI: Because The Grill will be open, we are not permitted to bring food this year.

Multiage Sleepover, May 2

Our multiage classes had our first annual sleepover on Friday, May 2nd. After checking in at "Hotel Heron Heights," the children dropped off their things and headed outside for chalk art. Once all 72 multiage night owls arrived, we started the evening's events. Eating pizza, making dream catchers, gazing at stars, riding scooters down the hallways, and watching a movie are just a few of the things we did throughout the evening. Each child also got to visit Mr. King's office where he left treats and a note giving each child permission to take 1 spin in his chair. We woke up Saturday morning and enjoyed breakfast together before heading home. We made so many memories and cannot wait to do it again next year!

Concept Maps, K/1

Good thinkers are always organizing information, and our K/1 students are no different. In an effort to strengthen our thinking skills, we have started exploring thinking maps. Our first thinking map: Concept Maps. To create a concept map, students must first select a central idea on which to focus. They then write information about this idea, circle it, and connect it to the central idea. We have worked on concept maps together as a class as well as in small groups. Our long-term goal is for our students to create thinking maps independently, selecting appropriate times to use each map.


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