Low ratios in classrooms are very important. For teachers, it allows them better opportunities to work one on one with each child. They are able to set, implement and assess individual goals for each child. While having higher ratios may prove to be more profitable, it is not what is in the best interest of the child.
We have notice many benefits to low ratios in the classroom. Teacher are able to get to know each child on a more personal level. They learn about how the child acts when they start getting sick. They know when a child is worrying about something. Teachers can tell you which children get along and which ones need help cooperating with each other.
Low ratios allow children to be more than one of many. Often in large groups of children, those that are shy get lost in the crowd and over looked. Small group size allows for all children to contribute and be seen.
Teachers are able to spot developmental issues such as speech and language problems, fine motor skills delays and other issues. Because of this, children are able to get assistance with these issues sooner, giving them a higher rate of success.
We also see that lower ratios improve the classroom environment. Classrooms that have too many children can easily become chaotic. Chaos doesn’t lend itself to creating a nurturing learning environment. Children learn best in calm settings, with structure and consistency.