Celebrating Finnish Independence Day in Philadelphia

November 2014 Suomi-koulu

In November the Philadelphia Finnish school students learned about Independence Day traditions and events such as “Linnan Juhlat.” The kids came dressed for the party, shook hands with the president, ate tasty food and observed Finland’s 97th birthday. Philadelphian suomi-koululaiset…

Grilling with Philadelphia Finns

Juhannus 2014 – Lavatanssit

Members of FASDV, PSK, and friends had a great time celebrating Juhannus (mid-summer) at Peace Valley Park. The accordionist Ed Hendela played traditional Finnish dance music and set the mood. The grill master, Adam Peritz cooked up hamburgers and hot…

Suomi koulu kids crafting Philadelphia

April 2014 Suomi-koulu

The students learned about Finnish summer traditions and customs such as Juhannus and lavatanssit. The “littles” group continued learning letters, letter sounds and long and short vowels while the bigger children worked on spelling and vocabulary. We also continued tanhu…

Philadelphia Suomalainen

March 2014 Suomi-koulu

Suomi-koulu students learned about Finnish Easter traditions. They made “virvonta” twigs — willow twigs decorated with colourful feathers, learned rhymes, and planted their Easter grass. Here’s the rhyme, so you can try it on this Easter: ”Virvon varvon tuoreeks terveeks…

Philadelphia Suomi-koulu music workshop

Vellamo music workshop

The Philadelphia Suomi-koulu had a great time learning about Finnish folk music this Sunday at a song writing workshop by Vellamo (Pia Leinonen & Joni Tiala). Under Pia and Joni’s instruction the students wrote a song called “Hei hei pupu.” The…

Pikkujoulu 2013

Pikkujoulu 2013

ISO kiitos kaikille / BIG thanks to everyone for all your help in making this year’s Pikkujoulu a big success! I especially want to thank Pastor Talvitie for the beautiful and traditional Christmas service, cantor Kalle Toivio for making it…

Learning about Finnish folk costumes.

October 2013 Suomi-koulu

This year our theme is Finnish traditions and our students began by learning about folk costumes. We learned about the origins of the costumes and looked at some samples as well as discovered their place on the map. The children…

Finnish crafts Philadelphia

Suomi-koulu Fall Picnic

We had a fun afternoon of playing, learning and crafting at Core Creek Park. The students made shadow boxes from the nature treasures they found and got reacquainted after the summer break.Thank you all for coming!

Finnish Festival in Philadelphia

Penn’s Landing Scandinavian Festival

The Finnish American Society of Delaware Valley and Philadelphia Suomi-koulu booth was a busy spot during the Scandinavian Festival at Penn’s Landing on June 15, 2013. We met many Finns and friends of Finland — some from as far away…

Philadelphia Zoo Finnish Children

Suomi-koulu Zoo Trip

Suomi-koulu enjoyed a day at the Philadelphia Zoo on May 19th. We visited the new children’s center and saw lots of animals out enjoying the light rain. Thank you all for coming!