Sunday, September 27, 2009

Swedish School and floor ball

This fall the Daughter is attending to Swedish School down in Sacramento. They meet once a week for 2,5 hours, learning and reinforcing Swedish. My Daughter is bilingual and Swedish is still her strongest language - but she needs to practice writing and interacting with other Swedish kids. She uses Swedish school material - the same as you would use in a Swedish classroom when you have "Svenska" (Swedish). She likes it a lot- but Mondays are tough days. Not only does she has 1st grade all day and then heading out to continue school for a couple of hours.

Luckily they have fun breaks - some of the other parents have "innebandy sticks" so they play "innebandy" (floor ball)on the breaks - a new favorite for my Daughter. It's something you don't see played often around here. I'm going to try to get a couple of sticks to have on our cul-de-sac to play. I might even join a game - it's fun to play "innebandy"!


Saltistjejen said...

Mmmm innebandy! Jag blir nostalgisk. Det aar helt klart min favoritbollsport i skolan. Sååå kul!!!
Skoj att hon gillar svenska skolan också!

Ally said...

It *is* a long day and I'm always impressed that all those families make that commitment to doing this. It's easier to put other things first, and I think it's empowering for children to recognize that they have a mini-community of people similar to them. I have noticed that people whose children maintained their home language in Sweden where people who didn't just isolate themselves but entrenched themselves with other families with the same background: eat the same foods, sing the same songs, know those books, take their shoes off when they come in, etc. It's all the same things that can make a child feel "different" and instead makes them feel special and lucky for those things.

JaCal said...

Saltistjejen - ja, det är ju faktiskt kul. Har inte tänkt på det på länge - men nu vill jag verkligen ha några klubbor så vi kan spela. Vi har ju en perfekt cul-de-sac som vi kan ha som spelplan.

Ally - it could be part of why the Daughter likes it so much - in that context she is perfectly normal, speaking and writing and reading Swedish... ;-)