Our day to day activities
At Tellus the child is always at the centre of our focus and we try to take advantage of the child’s curiosity, interests and desire to work according to Montessori pedagogy. We strive to create a peaceful environment for the children so that they can work in concentration with the Montessori material, construction and arts and crafts material during the morning’s activity period. The child’s need for physical movement is also important to satisfy. This occurs throughout the day with various activities indoors and outdoors and in various movement exercises under the teacher’s guidance.
We work with language, movement, music, drama and sensorial awareness at Lilla. Children play and learn through many practical exercises such as dressing and undressing, carrying a tray, pouring, washing hands, cleaning mirrors, setting tables etc. At Lilla the care is of the utmost importance. At Lilla nursing and bonding is very important, and we work consciously to strengthen the child’s identity and for her/him to become confident in it.
During the morning’s activities at Stora the children work with the five traditional disciplines of Montessori: practical life, sensory exercises, language, mathematics and culture. Practical life exercises can be to learn how to carry a tray or to pour, cut with scissors, buttoning clothes, setting tables, wipe tables, sorting beads, opening and closing bottles and jars, washing hands and to wait for one’s turn.
In our language room the children can listen for sounds in simple words, build words with movable letters, read and write simple sentences, rhyming and playing language games.
There are many different exercises with numbers and counting, both concrete and abstract. One example of mathematics is to build the number rods, the shortest rod (1dm) is named one and the longest (1m) is named ten, which is a concrete material where the muscle sense is activated. Eventually children learn to name the different figures and the step is short to begin doing simple addition using beads, buttons, shells and similar materials.
Examples of sensorial exercises are to learn colours with light and dark shades, feel and name different surfaces like rough and smooth, matching and pairing different weights or sounds, create patterns with mosaic and more.
Within the subject culture the children get to know about plants, man, animals and parts of the world in different ways. They will hear about evolution of Earth, learn how to tell time and study botany through microscope along with observations made by the children themselves during the excursions to Fågelsångsdalen (Birdsong valley), which you can read about further down in this text.
In our studio, the children get to practice expression, creativity and collaboration, and develop their imagination for experience. We work with different materials and forms of expression such as paint, clay, paper, plaster, fabric and natural materials.
Furthermore, the children can work with various traditional construction materials during the morning such as Lego, blocks, Meccano and Kapla rods, and house-play, in smaller groups that also enhances the child’s ability to cooperate. Beads and sewing are also included in the work for the children should they want to.
During morning’s activities four teachers work. Each teacher is in charge of her subjects and materials, and the children choose what they want to work and how long they want to work with each exercise (“freedom of choice”). We have daily circle-time where we sing, play games, read stories and picture books among other things. The children also get to practice to speak in front of the group, and learn to massage each other, which has been proven to have give a positive feeling for comrades.
One day a week the group at Stora is divided. One half stays at Tellus for drama exercises, and the other half goes to Fågelsångsdalen in Södra Sandby (Birdsong Valley).
Every Friday morning Stora and Lilla get together to sing and have fun together.
All planned activities at both Lilla and Stora start at 8.45 daily.
The daily routine:
|Lilla gruppen||Stora gruppen|
|8.45||Circle time with fruit, songs and movement||8.45||Circle time with attendance and calendar|
|9.00||Indoor activities||8.50||Indoor activities (Montessori, crafts, construction)|
|9.30||Outdoor activities||8.50 – 10.30||Fruit available all morning|
|11.00||Circle time in small groups|
|11.45||Sleeping time||12.00||Outdoor activities|
|14.00||As children wake up: indoor activities|
|14.20||Afternoon snack||14.30||Afternoon snack|
|14.45||Indoor activities||15.00||Indoor activities|
Go to Stora
|Late afternoon:||Lilla joins
Tellus opening hours are between 7:30 and 17:00. 7:30 to 8:15 all drop off is done at Stora, and around 8.15 Lillas children goes with their teachers to Lilla.
The children at Lilla who do not sleep will join the older children for outdoor play after lunch.
Lilla and Stora make regular excursions. It could be to the theatre, library, cinema, art gallery, or a visit to the market or the City Park, walking with the backpack to a playground or a walk without a specific goal with a backpack for the youngest. Every year in May all of Tellus goes on a full-day excursion by rented bus somewhere in Skåne.
Every year in June we have a summer party for all children and their families. We have a Luciafest around Dec 13 during the day for the children of Lilla and Stora where the children from Stora join in the Lucia procession. We ”lussar” for all children and teachers, and afterwards we have a nice “fika”.
Just before the Christmas holidays our chef prepares a wonderful smorgasbord with Swedish Christmas dishes that we all enjoy seated all together at one long table at Stora.
We use a web based documentation tool, Pluttra, to document the child’s development and learning. In Pluttra ( www.pluttra.se ) each child has a portfolio , and its guardians have access to only this . We document both group common occurrences on the blog and the individual child in its portfolio with text, pictures and films, and with clear links to the preschool curriculum , Lpfö98 / 10.
A meeting for all parents are held yearly.
If you have any questions about our preschool and activities, please contact Eva H. Jönsson, tel. 046-13 36 25 (preschool’s phone number).