This program serves
multiage children of all ability levels in the Fullerton School
District and from surrounding districts. The A.B.C. Multiage Class is
currently staffed by two full time teachers, and there are approximately 60 children
grades K-3 in the class. Children remain in the program for four years
with the same teachers wherever possible.
We believe in the multiage philosophy.
We love working with more than one grade level of students at a time
because we see the positive benefits to children from mixed age
interactions and staying with the same teachers for several years. We
naturally enjoy teaching students individually and in small groups, so
this type of setting works very well for our students and us!
Things you will see in our classroom:
State standards and District adopted textbooks:
These resources are readily used by teachers to deliver curriculum. We believe in using
all available resources in working with students, and we have aligned
our curriculum with State and District standards. Daily Plan:
Students work independently on a personalized menu of jobs called a
"Daily Plan." This allows the teachers to pull individuals and small
groups of children without worrying about what the others are doing.
We specifically choose work that is at each student's independent work
level so they will be successful.
Volunteers are absolutely welcome, but volunteering is not required for
entrance into our program. We believe in a heterogeneous mix of
students, and believe that a mix of volunteering and non-volunteering parents provides the best mix among students.Arts-infused program:
We expose students to all branches of The Arts: visual, dance, theater,
and music. Our arts curriculum is specifically designed to integrate
into the content area curriculum for that year.
Students are exposed to themes of right and wrong, perseverance,
honesty, etc. over the course of each year. Character education is
taught both explicitly and implicitly.
Third graders experience running their own business with our Market
Math strand. They learn how to market and sell a product (in this
case, nachos) to consumers (Kindergarten through third grade students
in our class). Profits at the end of the semester are donated to
charity. They go to the market and determine better values, look at
nutrition, examine the layout of the store, and so much more!
Technology-infused program: As you can tell by browsing our website, technology
is woven throughout the curriculum as well. All students work through
various WebQuests designed to enhance their learning experience and
give them knowledge of how to use the Internet. Students work in
cross-age buddy pairs on these tasks. In addition, special 3rd grade
WebQuests are designed for 3rd graders. This program culminates in a
special field trip at the end of the year for 3rd graders. In
addition, 3rd graders work through a series of web tasks, which assess
their end-of-program knowledge and use of the Internet and computers,
as directed in the district’s technology plan. Students also create
their own powerpoints and do research on self-selected topics, as well as podcasting books aloud,
which they use for readaloud in an iPod listening center.
believe the best way for you to see if this environment works for you
and your child is to come in during work time some morning and observe
how it works! You will know fairly quickly if you are comfortable with
the setting or not. We hope to see you soon!
The teachers may be
contacted through the school office at (714) 447-7795 or via email.
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
Dr. Martin Luther King