As the challenges in the toddlers group become smaller and when the child is independent enough, he/she moves to the pre-school group around the age of 2½ - 3. Currently we have two groups, each consisting of 30 children and 4-5 teachers.

Everything is adjusted to fit older pre-school children, furniture being taller and with a richer selection of pedagogic materials. Activities are all based on free choice and the children spend their time on activities to suit their individual needs and interests.

The mornings are awaysl busy with children baking, doing dishes, polishing shoes, laying tables or being occupied with other practical work. An accurate and precise portfolio for training perception and sensory skills is available. Using wooden cubes of different formats, children learn concepts such as, small, smaller, smallest or big, bigger, biggest. Without realising it, the children are gaining knowledge of geometry through play, for instance, with the use of different coloured triangles. The very same triangles will later be used to teach names of sides and angles. It may sound remarkable how a four-year old can know the difference between a cube, cylinder and cone, but with the help of the geometric solids it comes naturally.

The children are starting to explore the use of letters and practice reading and writing skills. In the spirit of Maria Montessori who said; “The hand is the tool for the brain”, we keep every single letter of the alphabet as a wooden character with a rough surface (sandpaper). A child that feels a letter and perceives a sound from touching the surface will memorize it easily.

With the aid of  "The number rods", we introduce the children to numbers. Different coloured pearls, cubes and sticks are used to encourage learning mathematics in a fun and enjoyable way. We also conduct experiments using water, weights and magnets. Furthermore, the children are learning geography by playing with jigsaws or with beautiful flags representing all the countries in Europe.

 

 

In order to provide the children with a secure environment, each day usually follows the same routine . We always spend the mornings indoors with individual chosen activities. This can mean playing alone or taking part in group activities. Before lunch, which starts at 11.45, we have a group gathering at 11.30.

Afternoon is spent outdoors in our playground, but occasionally we make excursions to the woods or to our nearest surroundings. Sometimes we go to visit the library or we go to the theatre to see a play.

At 14.45 it´s time for the afternoon meal, and depending on the weather we continue activities either indoors or outdoors. School closes at 17.30

In our pre-school the teachers play important roles as tutors and role models. They are there to provide comfort and to care for the children’s needs. Therefore they work with progress documents for every child individually; these documents are upgraded and evaluated routinely.

During the last year of pre-school we start to prepare the children for basic school. Whereas some of the children can join basic school already at the end of the autumn, others need to wait until spring or even until the following autumn season. It all depends on maturity and anticipation. By having a close collaboration between teachers in pre-school and in basic school we can ensure a smooth and stimulating transition.