We had a project meeting in Rakvere Rohuaia kindergarten on the 11th of January 2019. Their building is zero-net-energy, which means that they produce at least as much energy as they consume. We were positively surprised. This smart house knows when to turn on the lights, when to air the rooms, when to switch on the heating, and much more. The atmosphere is compounded by the whole staff caring a great deal about nature. They seem to be finding many different ways to recycle, reuse, re..., re...., re...
We could admire the colourful fairyland that Monika had created for her 3-4-year-old children. Joyful, well-planned, and perfectly designed corners of the playroom enticed children to join various activities. These kids are very lucky!
We were lucky too, as we could do some project work in that wonderland. Working there was great, the hall is noise suppressing as they have attached soft plates onto the walls and ceiling, so discussion never grew unpleasantly loud. Furthermore, the rooms are fitted with carbon dioxide sensors, so that the buildings knows when to air the rooms for optimal freshness.
As the result of the brainstorming session, we managed to name 40 activities that pupils like and which make them happy. We also discussed various teaching methods to achive our aims. We decided to make a Google Drive document of the list of applications that everyone can contribute to.
We also received homework: coming up with specific lesson ideas for the next meeting.
Contributors: Katrin Kurvits, Sirje Aher, Martin Aher