Hobby school classes for english speaking children 2020-2021

We are pleased to announce that the registration for Tartu Nature House hobby classes for the 2020-2021 school year is now open!

Tartu Nature School is a child and environmentally friendly hobby school. We offer the joy of discovery and new knowledge to more than five hundred children and young people each year. We often go and spend time in nature, but we are also active indoors and in the laboratory.

Although the classes are mainly in Estonian, we also welcome non-Estonian speaking children and young adults in our activities and it is possible to participate in some classes on the basis of English. It is a great way to practice Estonian, learn about local nature and find new friends!

HOBBY SCHOOL CLASSES
Class: The world around us

Language: only English

Age: 4.-9. grade

Timetable: Thursday 16:00-17:30 (4.-6. grade); Friday 16:00-17:30 (7.-9. grade)

Subject: This hobby class is meant for young people who are interested in different countries, cultures, people, etc in the world around us. Students will have the chance to introduce their home countries and listen to interesting guest speakers. What is tourism geography? Where and when to travel? How to be polite and considering in a foreign country? Alongside foreign students we are open to students interested in improving their English as a second language.

Teacher: Getrin Laanesoo, getrin.laanesoo@tartuloodusmaja.ee

Class: Ornithology

Language: Estonian, but the class is also open for English and German speaking pupils, teacher will translate activites and assignments

Age: 4.-12. grade

Timetable: Monday 16:00-17:30 (4.-6. grade), Tuesday 16:30-18:30 (7.-12. grade)

Subject: We will learn about the diverse world of birds and how to spot them from their appearance, sound and tracks; discuss the importance of birds in our ecosystem and how to create shelters, feeders and habitats for them; we will also do practical bird spotting on different landscapes and go to bird watching centers.

Teacher: Aire Orula, aire.orula@tartuloodusmaja.ee

Class: Animal friends
Language: Estonian, but the class is also open for English or German speaking pupils, teacher will translate activites and assignmentsAge: 2.-6. gradeTimetable: Monday 14:30-16:00 (2. grade), Tuesday 15:00-16:30 (3. grade), Thursday 16:00-17:30 (4.-6. grade)Subject: We will learn about different house pets, how to properly take care of them and practice it in the Nature House’s pet room; also discover Estonian wild animals and how seasons affects their life and foodchains; we will visit different zoos, museums and animal centres; also draw, craft and play like animals

Teacher: Aire Orula, aire.orula@tartuloodusmaja.ee

Class: Little Naturalists

Language: Estonian, but the class is also open for English speaking pupils, teacher will translate activites and assignments

Age: 1.-4. grade

Timetable: Tuesday 15:30-17:00 (3.-4. grade), Friday 14:00-15:30 (1. grade), Friday 15:30-17:00 (2. grade)

Subject: We will create fantastical inventions and do experiments out of nature friendly materials; discover and analyze the physical secrets of nature; improve our manual skills and creativity

Teacher: Mai-Liis Vähi, mailiis.vahi@tartuloodusmaja.ee

Class: Woodworking

Language: Estonian, but the class is also open for English speaking pupils, teacher will translate activites and assignments

Age: Pre-school (4-6 y), 1.-3. grade

Timetable: Tuesday 13:00-14:30 (1.-3. grade I group), Wednesday 13:00-14:30 (1.-3. grade II group), Tuesday 17:00-18:00 (Pre-school), Wednesday 17:00-18:00 (Pre-school)

Subject: We will learn about different types of wood and their properties; how to use woodworking tools and techniques; how to design and make models, toys and machines out of wood

Teacher: Andres Joala, info@tartuloodusmaja.ee

Class: Technology and recycling

Language: Estonian, but the class is also open for English speaking pupils, teacher will translate activites and assignments

Age: 4.-12. grade

Timetable: Tuesday 15:00-16:30 (4.-12.grade I group), Wednesday 15:00-16:30 (4.-12.grade II group)

Subject: We will deconstruct everyday mechanical and electrical items and machines to discover how they work; learn to repair things and find new ways how to use them; build toys and selfmade mechanisms from recycled materials; visit interesting technical facilities around Tartu

Teacher: Andres Joala, info@tartuloodusmaja.ee

Class: Nature and Environmental Studies

Language: Estonian, but the class is also open for English speaking pupils, teacher will translate activites and assignments

Age: 7.-12. grade

Timetable: Wednesday 16:15-18:30

Subject: We will discover nature in diverse ways – by our  hands, eyes, noses and mouths; learn how to plan experiments and research; use different methods and equipment to do natural science studies; improve our knowledge about ways to live more environmentally friendly; participate in camps, fieldtrips, fieldwork and science fairs; write natural science student projects and develop them in a national/global scale.

Teacher: Lea Lopp, lopplea@gmail.com

Class: Camping adventures

Language: Estonian, but the class is also open for English speaking pupils, teacher will translate activites and assignments

Age: 10.-12. grade

Timetable: Thursday 16:00-18:00

Subject: We will discover the Estonian nature in all ways and learn teamwork through physical activites; learn in theory and practice how to move and survive in nature and plan a hike; learn how to read animal tracks and navigate with the help of natural signs; prepare food and a campsite; try different styles of hiking like climbing, canoeing, sailing, snowshoeing, etc. Tartu Nature House has hiking supplies for the class that participates can borrow.

Teacher: Gedy Matisen, gedy.matisen@tartuloodusmaja.ee

General information:

  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP, please contact the study coordinator and she will send you the sign up sheet in english: Pille-Riin Pärnsalu, pilleriin.parnsalu@tartuloodusmaja.ee, (+372) 5344 2512. If you can sign up in estonian, you can also do it online here.
  • After signing up you are already expected to participate in the first class, classes start from 2th of September.
  • Each hobby class takes place once a week in Tartu Nature House (Lille 10).
  • The fee for the classes is 12€ per month for school pupils and 20€ per month for pre-school children. It is possible to pay for the whole year or for half+half a year.
  • If you are not certain about which class to choose, it is possible to come and try the class before signing up, just contact the teacher.
  • There are a lot of extra activites beside classes the children can participate in – camps, hikes, excursions, exhibitions, quizzes, nature theatre night, etc. Tartu Nature House is also part of Eco-Schools Global and UNESCO Associated Schools Network and takes part in their program activities.