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…

Scandinavian pre-school students

PSK Ice Skating – February 2014

Philadelphia Suomi-koulu students had a lot of fun ice skating at the Philadelphia RiverRink this Sunday. Despite the melting ice conditions due to the 50-degree weather, we were on the ice from 3-4:30 pm. Such a pleasant way to spend…

laskias pullat

February 2014 Suomi-koulu

In February we learned about Laskiainen, a traditional Finnish sledding day. The children baked and enjoyed Laskiais pulla (Lenten buns), a big hit with everyone! And to top off the fun, we had our first tanhu-dance practice.

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…

November 2013 Suomi-koulu

November 2013 Suomi-koulu

In November we learned about Christmas in Finland: What happens on Christmas eve, about traditional foods and other customs. But what interested students the most were Santa’s elves. We learned about many different types of elves that live in Finland…

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!