Everyone slowly starts to settle into their assigned school on the second day. Here’s a taste of what the Swedish school system is about:
Primary school includes grades K-6
Middle school: 7-9
High school (mostly referred to as gymnasium): 10-12
In these schools, students learn practical skills if they wish not to continue their education past a high school diploma. Here are some examples of those skills:
Hand crafted wish catchers
11-year-old Tova using a coping saw
12-year-old Theo using a small but sharp knife to thin out a twig
The basket weaving project in progress
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Though this may look dangerous to most people, there has been no reported injury when using these tools. According to the instructor of this workshop, there have been more injuries from soccer balls than from these sharp objects. There is a great deal of safety stressed when instructing the proper use of sharp tools.
But of course, it is not all strict. Kids get explore their creative minds and have fun with such projects. Just look at Emilia, the forest princess, who made a mask out of thin branches and leaves.
This day marked the first day of school for all the girls. The six girls were split into groups of two and went to different schools in Edsbyn and Alfta. The schools include Lillboskolan, Rotebergs skola, and Alftaskolan.
Let’s see what the Swedish school system has in store for us!
Continuing the exploration, the gang decided to attend the farmers market and take a look around Bollnäs.
The farmers market had a lot of cool things that can’t be anywhere else.
This is part of a fence in the making. They can be found all over Edsbyn. Each are hand-made and can take quite a while to finish an entire fencing unit. They require immense strength, patience, and collaboration.
These are kolbullar. Basically, they are giant bacon pancakes, fried in lard with lingonberry jam and sugar on top. Trust me, it tastes way better than it sounds. Just look at the picture and the smile on Alli’s face.
Interesting things are happening here in Edsbyn and Alfta! The first official day of study abroad has begun. This day was spent touring and meeting the locals. Immediately, everyone started immersing themselves with the new language and culture. Thus, new friendships and memories naturally occurred.
Brian Mumma led the new group of future bright teachers to the International Teaching Externship in Sweden. This new group included Emerita Palencia, Megan Baker, Raina Jean, Matty McGarvey, Cassie Renckens, and Alli Schiffler.
As a sidebar…but one SO VERY important to understanding daily Swedish life. The concept, purpose, and ritual of the fika explained. This is a six part documentary we should all put into our daily practice:
Some updates for Sunday’s events. Most of us went to Järvzoo for the day so here are a few pictures of our discoveries.
Guess who is who?…………………………and of course, FIKA TIME even at the zoo!
The CSB/SJU Gnome heckling the Rastafarian muskoxen!
Sarah K. and Casey were off with their host family!
A new find in Sweden…can we bring back any of these for anyone? If so would you eat them in public?
I expect they would be extra sour!
Brian had to do some reconnaissance in Stockholm with faculty at Stockholms Universitet. Here are some photos of what is ahead of the group at the end of
This last picture was taken at 11:30 pm! Not so much real darkness around here at this time of year!
Today was our first day to explore the area Ovanåker and Bollnäs Kommuns. We happened upon an interesting exhibit that seemed to fascinate us all when the artist gave us a personal tour and explanation of the installation!
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University’s 2016 Sweden ITE Program departed today for Edsbyn and Alfta, Sweden.