Exercise for Body and Brain While Learning Swedish

English Class sixth graders have been studying colours, weather and clothing vocabulary words in their Swedish lessons for the past few weeks. For revision on all these topics, they had a little relay competition. Two teams stood in different lines. At the far end of the corridor separate lists were posted on the wall, one for each line. The lists consisted of words and sentences they have studied so far. The pupils at the head of each line were given pencils. They were to run to their team’s list and cross off one word or sentence on the list and then run back to relate that phrase to the next person. Once that person had written the word, phrase or sentence down on paper, then it was his/her turn to go get a word. The first team to collect all the vocabulary phrases won. Spelling had to be correct once the list was complete. Both teams needed to make extra rounds to check it, so it was good exercise for both body and brain, the best kind of active learning.

Downhill Skiing for Third Graders

The weather could not have been more perfect for downhill skiing than when our English Class third graders and their teacher, Ms. Kati, went to Ruosniemi Ski Centre on Friday, the 9th of March. The town of Pori sponsored the bus trip to the centre and ski instruction for the class, as they do for each and every third grade class in the town of Pori. The weather could not have been more perfect!

Some pupils had never ever skied downhill before. At first they trained with their instructor on the beginner’s hill, but it wasn’t long before they were zipping down the larger hill, which is a tribute to both the fine teaching by the ski instructor, as well as the natural aptitude of our third graders! The more experienced skiers took care of the novices and encouraged them in a very heartening fashion. It was a perfectly memorable outing in every respect.

Geography for Life

Pupils in the English Classes at Cygnaeus School are often fairly well traveled owing to the multicultural nature of our school.  That makes the subject of geography, which falls under the umbrella of environmental studies, one of great interest to pupils. In the fifth grade our pupils learn about Europe.  Among many other things they learn about Europe’s zones of vegetation, as well as about the several types of climatic zones found in Europe. The fifth graders are learning to use data from different types of maps and to identify important physical features of the European continent. Knowing something about where countries and cities are located, and what they are like, is important.

Europe is a brilliant patchwork of unique features and cultures. How people use the land and its natural resources has a strong bearing on the economic progress of countries and regions. The study of geography provides a conceptual link between our pupils and the world beyond. It prepares our pupils to take their places in the global community and that can be powerfully motivating.

Kalevala Day and “Kantele’s”

Kalevala Day, the last day of February, is the day that Finnish people celebrate their rich and unique culture. The collection of epic poems collected by Elias Lönnröt from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology is called The Kalevala.  It is an inspiring work of Finnish literature. English Class pupils at all grade levels noted The Kalevala in some way in their studies yesterday.  English Class second graders and English Class kindergarten pupils practiced playing the song, Satu Meni Saunaan  on the “kantele” which is a kind of Finnish zither and is the national instrument of Finland. They also made some traditional designs on relief foil to make medallions. English Class first graders heard the story of creation according to The Kalevala  and played traditional children’s games.

Making Sense of Cents

Learning can be so much fun! Ask any of our English Class third graders. They have recently been learning more about euros and cents. They know that one euro equals 100 cents; therefore six euros equals 600 cents. Recently they were reviewing numbers up to and including one thousand as well. The third graders  know how to mark euros and cents and how to write an amount of both euros and cents using a decimal point, or comma, as a decimal separator. Today all of this learning culminated in a fantastic game called Piggy Run.

Their teacher, Ms. Kati, posted piggy banks on the walls throughout the corridor area. The third grade pupils went out into the corridor to find a piggy bank. When a piggy bank was spotted, the pupil then counted the money in the piggy bank, ran back to the classroom and wrote the number of the piggy bank and the sum of money in the bank using decimals. Then s/he converted the sum to cents and then once more wrote the sum using a different type of notation. Then it was off to find a new piggy bank. In addition this exercise served as a great short term memory exercise because pupils were able to rely only on their memories for the sum of money in the bank and the piggy bank number. Pencils and notebooks were left in the classroom. Ask any third grader if the exercise was fun. Go ahead and ask, because they loved it!

Sliding and Sledging into Spring

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Don’t be fooled by the Arctic theme of the photo collage above. English Class third graders were sledging and sliding at a nearby park in Pori just before the winter break. They had a grand old time!

In spite of Arctic sub-zero temperatures and a nasty wind chill factor early this week, the first official day of spring, the spring equinox is only three weeks away from today!

Fired Clay Hearts

English Class sixth graders used small amounts of tempera paint mixed  together with white chalk paint to finish their fired clay heart boxes. The lovely textures and details of the boxes really popped with the application of the chalky pastel paint mixture. The next step will be to apply a transparent polish to seal the surface of the boxes.

English Class third graders used the same treatment for finishing their coiled hearts. After polish has been applied to seal the hearts, the third graders will make wire and glass bead hangers for their hearts. The hearts will be completed after the winter break which is during week 8. Check in with us here on the blog to see the completed hearts.