The Rodso School is a Swedish speaking school and possibly the smallest elementary school in Kokkola. It consists of just three different classes and only forty children! The classes group together two grades, so Ebba's class had the 6th and 5th grade together. The teacher will advise one grade their work and once they are started she gives the next group their work. While I was there the 6th graders worked on math while the 5th graders had an English lesson. It was a recording of a foreigner who traveled to New York City and was shopping. Ebba and I couldn't stop laughing at the accent they had on this New Yorker!! I thought we were going to get yelled at! And I am pretty sure that no one had any idea why were laughing so hard! The rest of the afternoon her class got to watch Despicable Me.
The whole school has lunch together in a small cafeteria. It's basically like a home cooked meal. The cooks are really nice and make very good food! The students all eat quietly and when you are done, one or two students from each table will clean up everyone's dishes.
There are two breaks during school which most of the kids go outside and play soccer with each other. Soccer is a big part of school here in Finland. When you get to high school you can even take a soccer class and get to leave school to go practice. In elementary school they have a school futball tournament which I will blog about later! Jackie and I played with them and we played girls against boys. Unfortunately we lost by 1 goal! Elis was now done for the day, but Ebba still had a Finnish lesson left. Here the kids get out of school at different times every day! Sometimes as early as 12:30! It is said that Finland has one of the best school systems in the world. I would have loved to have some of the same opportunities they get in school when I was a kid!
Today we have a home game agaisnt Karhu. The weather looks to be clearing up a bit! It is only our second home game, and first outside. I am excited to play and will check back with a game update soon!
Hejdå för nu!Jamie