Since the children's ages' range from 2 to 6 years old, there are plenty of opportunities to learn from and help each other, developing cooperative skills. Children move freely around the classroom, choosing work, completing it, and returning it to its place on the shelf. Visitors are often surprised to see that whether children work together or independently on their own projects and at each ones own individual pace; there is nevertheless an atmosphere of peaceful order. Children learn to respect others and their environment by being treated respectfully. Discipline at AWDMS is positive rather than punitive. Groundrules are clearly stated, allowing children to have "freedom within limits."