- To practice and reinforce the following basic skills that are important for children to take with them as they make a start in the 0 class.
- To strengthen children’s concentration as well as the ability to receive shared messages.
- That they become more self-reliant in terms of being responsible for their own things – e.g. clothes, bag, packed lunch, toilet visit.
- To strengthen children’s belief in themselves, their own curiosity, imagination, positive experiences with new learning.
- To provide social skills: Experts to enter into community groups, to show consideration, to involve others in play, to develop the capacity for conflict resolution, to make room for differences.
- Language skills: Expanding vocabulary and the conceptual world, putting more words to your feelings, introducing letters, numbers and more.
- Musical skills: Knowledge of rhymes and word forms, songs. Increase the desire to make use of different rhythms and to move to the music.
- Spatial skills: Raising children’s awareness of the outside world, managing to hold your own among others and in traffic.
- Logic and mathematical skills: Strengthen the ability to count, know dates, construct things with your fingers, build Lego according to instructions, play games and more.
- Motor skills: Strengthen coarse and fine motor skills, balance, coordination and the primary senses.
For kindergarten children, school is a whole new world, and that step into school life is a big one which can be overwheleming, in many ways, for children and parents alike. At St. Norbert’s School, with our preschool, we want to create a natural and tranquil transition from kindergarten to school, so that children experience the change as gently and confidently as possible.
At St. Norbert’s School adults accompany the child from St. Norbert’s Nursery to preschool and together with the staff from the school they create familiarity with the school and the After School Club, and so prepare the children for a new life as pupils. We work on both social and academic skills, daily rhythms, and entering into small and large communities. The knowledge of the children that the adults build up during preschool is the starting point for an appropriate form of two 0 classes.
We emphasize good relationships with the child and also the children in between – relationships characterized by caring, inclusiveness, and mutual respect.
Contact with parents is focussed and highly valued. An open dialogue about the individual child provides the basis for fruitful and mutually supportive cooperation that benefits a child’s safe and good start at school.
We start preschool every year around the 1st of April and hold an information meeting in the autumn before the child starts school.