Playgroups for Kids

Playgroups for children aged 3-6 and 7+ year-olds.

 

Children learn a second language (Finnish) more easily when their first language is very strong. The aim of the playgroups is to bring together children from the same culture to help them strengthen their mother tongue and the links with the culture of origin through stimulating activities, such as playing games, singing, reading stories, drawing, painting and crafting. Differences and similarities between the mother tongue and the Finnish language will also be highlighted through language games.

The motivation behind these activities is to help children build a positive concept of ethnic identity by making them feel proud of their mother tongue and heritage, to encourge strong family and cultural connections with the country of origin and to build a strong foundation for the learning of a second language.

The groups are run by volunteer parents with a background in early-childhood education and pedagogy. The first group to start in the autumn of 2012 is a playgroup targeted at pre-school Romanian children, living in Finland in a monolingual or bilingual family.

Inquiries and registration for autumn 2017 - spring 2018

Learning for Integration ry

Bianca Biro

bianca@lfi.fi