Full-day component of an international day
The setting: A local elementary school, which one day a year holds a full-school international day. The school is divided into “countries” by grade level, with research and other preparations going on during the weeks leading up to the big day. Parent volunteers, who can be dressed in Swedish folk costumes or accessorized with traditional Swedish items (see our examples of attire, help with the planning and outside speakers and entertainers often add to the authenticity of the experience.
- On the day of the event, the entire school was decorated to give the children the impression of moving between countries. We describe how the Swedish region was created on the decorating page.
- The schedule for the day was as follows:
8:15-8:30 Welcome and reading aloud (from Pippi Longstocking)
8:30-9 Overview of Sweden
9-9:30 Story teller
9:30-10 Viking helmets and flower wreaths
10:30-11:30 Food and slideshow
Resources: The day includes a number of different components drawn from various materials:
- Crafts (including costume ideas)
- Information about Sweden
- Games and songs