Narva Preschool Põngerjas welcomed teachers from France, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania and Turkey from 22nd to 26th October 2018 for the third learning, teaching, training meeting of the Erasmus+ “Small Scientists Across Europe” project (2017-1-FR01-KA219-037465).
On the first day of the meeting, Mrs. Jekaterina Golubtsova – school headmaster, along with project coordinator, Mrs. Natalja Varkki, welcomed all the partner teachers from: Ecole Maternelle Tordo in France (project coordinator), Kauno lopselis-darzelis “Giliukas” in Kaunas - Lithuania, Kindergarten No. 3 Bistrita and Kindergarten Scornicesti - Romania and Huma Hatun Ozel Egitim Anaokulu from Yildirim – Turkey.
All the visitors visited the hosting kindergarten and learned more about the Estonian educational system and the management of the kindergarten. In the afternoon partners became familiar with the cultural divercity of Narva by visiting the Narva Hermann Castle and by participating in a workshop Science for health and by learning more about Narva history during a promenade by the Narova River which is a natural border between Estonia and Russia.
In the second day of the meeting we visited Kindergarten Penguin, a great example of how special needs education institutions should look like: classes, swimming pools, saunas, salt rooms, physical education rooms and so on specially designed for the needs of the children who attend here, whether they have special need or not. On our return to preschool Põngerjas, the groups were divided in 2 and we participated in separate science lessons: science experiments and how to use robotics in teaching preschool subjects. In the afternoon we learned more about the educational system in Estonia, this time, by visiting Narva College of Tartu University and in the spare time, coordinators had a meeting in hotel conference room.
The third day of our learning, teaching, training mobility began with the Opening ceremony of the Laboratory of Small Scientists in Narva preschool Põngerjas: a special room equipped with diverse games, robots and specially designed to increase the children’s motivation to science. The children of the kindergarten welcomed us with small gifts handmade by them and performed songs and dances for us. A special moment in the ceremony was the dance of the little robots which were in perfect synchrony and also the moment in which the Estonian children sang the anthem of the project along with all the guests. In the afternoon we had a very beautiful visit to the sea at Narva Bay in Narva-Jõesuu and returned to Narva to visit the Kazematte and find more about the fortifications around this beautiful historical city.
On the fourth day of the meeting, project coordinators had a meeting in the morning at hotel conference rooms, while the teachers visited preschool Päikene in Narva and experienced an approach to technology education. At noon all the group visited the modern Narva Water Supply Station and learned more about how this structures work and their importance to local communities. In the afternoon, the hosts organized a traditional crafts workshop at the hotel and each visitor created a beautiful autumn painting using colored wool.
In the last day of the meeting we evaluated the third learning activities meeting, disseminated it and each participant received the participation certificate.
All the meetings, experiments and visits of this visit to Narva were related to the third theme of the project: water. It was in abundance in this beautiful city were we felt very welcomed and visitors and were our hosts were more than hospitable. Thank you, Kidergarten Põngerjas! Thank you, Estonian partners (children and teachers)! Thank you, Narva!, Thank you, Estonia!