Saturday, the 10th of October is Alexis Kivi Day in Finland. Alexis Kivi is considered the father of Finnish literature and is most famous for having written The Seven Brothers. English Class fourth graders participated in a week long Seven Brothers project with English Class first graders.
The project began with a joint reading session where the children explored the text and pictures of Mauri Kunnas’ children’s book versions of The Seven Dog Brothers in both English and Finnish. Both classes continued exploration of the books in their own classes. The first graders completed worksheets and even a maze related to Alexis Kivi.
In a workshop session both classes worked together to create seven figures representing each of the seven brothers. The brothers are proudly displayed on the cupboard doors in the corridor between the first grade and fourth grade classrooms and below for all to see.