If you live in the Twin Cities area (St. Paul/Minneapolis and surrounding cities) in Minnesota, you may be of or at least be interested in the Swedish culture and language. If this is the case, you may want to get your children involved when they are young as well.
You can enroll your child in a class to learn Swedish at a very young age. This is thanks to Barndalen (which means “children’s valley” in Swedish). Bardalen is a Swedish pre-school class that is modeled on the Swedish förskola, which is essentially Swedish for “preschool.” This model makes sure that children are allowed to develop as individuals and are appreciated for who they are.
Children get to learn the Swedish language through singing, dancing, arts, crafts, and other activities. The program is designed to lead into the Swedish program at the American Swedish Institute and summer camp at the Swedish language village.
The program is designed to make sure it reflects on the culture of Sweden. The design of the curriculum makes sure that each class builds upon what was learned in the last class.
The classes known as “Trollungar,” are designed for children and caregivers to take together and is open to children aged 2 ½ to 4 years of age along with the caregivers. “Trollungar” is recommended so parents or caregivers can attend and support their child’s learning.
The classes known as “Tomtenissar” are designed for children to attend on their own and are open to children 31/5 to 5 years of age.
The cost for the program is about $1,000 and the teacher is Jennifer Carlson. Carlson has a Masters Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Minnesota and has also studied at Stockholm University in Sweden. She has taught Swedish at the University of Minnesota and her young daughter is enrolled in Barndalen.
Barndalen can be offered due to the partnership with the American Swedish Institute.
The classes are held at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. Free parking is available.
For more information call (800) 450-2214 or e-mail email@example.com
“Concordia Language Villages – Jennifer Carlson”. Concordia Language Villages. June 23, 2010 http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/newsite/About/Staff/Bios/Carlson.php>.
“Concordia Language Villages – Swedish, Barndalen”. Concordia Language Villages. June 23, 2010 http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/newsite/Schedule/WMS22pk.php>.
“Concordia Language Villages – Swedish”. Concordia Language Villages. June 23, 2010 http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/newsite/Programs/Youth/Pre_k/swedish.php>.