Happy Winter Holiday Week!

Practice some seasonal winter vocabulary and see what we’ve been up to!

What a winter we’re having here in Finland so far! Cold temperatures and lots of snowfall have meant that there are tons of exciting winter activities that we can do both indoors and outdoors! Here are some fun Winter vocabulary and phrases that you can use throughout the season:

Key vocabulary: winter, cold, frosen, snow, snowflake, snowman, ice, ski, sled, skate, hot chocolate

Useful phrases in winter wonderland:

  • “It’s cold outside!”
  • “Do you want to build a snowman?”
  • “Let’s go ice skating/skiing/ice swimming/sledding!”
  • “Who would like some hot chocolate?”
  • ”My favorite winter activity is [skating/cross-country skiing/making a snow fort!]”

This past week has been full of warm, cozy feelings as we celebrated Valentine’s Day by sharing thoughts of friends and family members whom we love and making special Valentine’s cards just for them.

To fit with our Valentine’s Day theme, we have been learning the song  “Skidamarink,” a North American children’s sing-along song, popularized in the 1980s by the Canadian children’s television show The Elephant Show. Here is a new, updated version from Super Simple Songs that we have very much enjoyed singing during our lessons this past week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6916kVhbEZw

At our schools we’ve also had a super fun lava lamp science experiment, exploring the concept of density. Children were asked to guess which liquid is heavier, water or oil, and which one would float to the bottom or stay on top. By adding some food dye and alka-seltzer, we witnessed an exciting reaction that made our lava lamps bubble and fizz.

We wish everyone a wonderful winter break! And don’t forget to practice your languages whether in Finland or abroad!