We also sang a couple of songs, got dog stickers in our satupassi, and took home a dog coloring page. FUN!
I was not surprised that some of the children knew some english words. English is quiet prevalent here in Finland.
However, I was happily surprised that the children were eager to sing along with BINGO and moved their hands and feet to the motions the “open and shut them” song.
It is not usually a common thing to sing in public in Finland.
I hear my daughter’s voice as we are walking down the street, or even in the grocery store but very rarely any other child’s singing. Actually come to think of it, I have not yet heard a Finnish child singing outside of music class. Hmmm, interesting difference between the American and Finnish cultures.
I was impressed by the strong English ability level of the adults that attended, and felt a kinship with them, that they too want to expose their children to other languages and cultures. They were translating to their kids and giving good feedback when a child answered a question correctly. The parents completely participated too, singing and answering questions – some parents in the US just sit back and watch, so 100% engagement here was wonderful to see.
The librarian who holds story time also attended, and said that she liked this style of story time as well. She snapped a few photos, to put on the library’s blog.
Now if my very “helpful” daughter would just sit still as I read to the other children….! We will work on it before the next English Story Time on May 12, 2016 at 10:30.
PS. No one wore green. St. Patricks day does not seem to be on anyone’s radar here.