Espanjankurssi ¡Hablamos español!

¡Ésta ha sido la primera semana de Español!

Empesamos las mañanas cantando y jugando en Español. Nuestras canciones favoritas han sido Barquito de papel y Chu chu wa. Asesino de ojos y Cubo musical eran los juegos más divertidos.

Hemos aprendido muchas palabras de verano y de vacaciones. Son muy practicas para usar en paises hispanohablantes.

Cada día tuvimos un projecto. El projecto más grande era PICO, ¡nuestra piñata!!

Kuvaesitys vaatii JavaScriptin.

También hemos bailado Flamenco, hecho figuritas de plastilina y cocinado tortillas.

¡Lo más divertido era hacer y romper PICO! También nos encanto bailar y cantar con las instructoras.

School of Magic II – Days four and five

On Thursday morning we sang songs, early in the morning, animal song, and the penguin song. Early in the morning is the best song! They were fun but a bit embarrassing…  We played Uno and also did wink murders.

After that we split into group Phoenix and Eagle Cats. In our groups we did vocabulary. We did memory game, bingo and memory bingo! We had new words to learn in our group, they were cauldron, unicorn, dragon, castle, witch, wizard, castle, magic wand, and robes. They were a bit more difficult than the ones we had earlier.

For lunch we had meatballs and mashed potatoes, with lingonberry jab. It was good!

For the project we made a play. It was about Hermione and Hagrid messing up a spell so one of us turned into Yoda and one of us turned into a donkey and one of us was petrified.

On the last day, Friday, we started the morning with dancing! We played Uno again and had some free time. Then everybody went into a big circle, including the Spanish group. And we played games all together. For example musical buckets!

After the morning circle we split into our small groups and played vocabulary games. We did memorybingo and hot seats. In that we have to act out a word to our team member and one of us has to guess and the first one to guess gets the point.

For lunch we had hot dogs and ketchup. They were good!

Then we had a box challenge, where we tried to open boxes. There was hints which helped us open the number locks and direction locks. In the last box there was candies and other treats. It was fun because we were the fastest! But maybe it could have been even a bit more challenging!

After that some of us tried the bottle challenge. It’s from Harry Potter one, where Harry Potter almost kills Voldemort! It was about when he goes through the trap door and there he has to go through a bottle challenge to get to the room where they have the philosophers stone. In our challenge we had seven bottles, in three of them there was poison (not for real!), two were nettle wine, one would take you forward and one would take you back. With teamwork we solved it!

Then we ate all our candies and cookies and had some time for disco and dancing!

We also got our certificates.

This week was fun, because we made lots of friends and because the teachers were silly (They sang Let it go!) 😀

It was also fun because we learn new words in English and we got to do a bunch of fun projects!

By S 11 years, J 11 years and V almost 8 years

School of Magic II – Days Two and Three

On Tuesday we played games, for example wink murder. It’s a nice game. We also played whispers, where we have to pass on a secret sentence and see how it turns out. We had a short morning circle and then headed out to collect twigs and branches that we later turned into wands and broomsticks.

After finishing the project we went outside to have a little photo shoot with all the magical equipment we made. The pictures turned out super good!

After that the part timers left and full timers continued with some board games and an afternoon snack.


On Wednesday we played the same games as Tuesday, because everyone wanted them! We sang early in the morning, which is quite hard. During free time we were making new friends.

The project was fimo clay, we made broomsticks and other magical things.
For lunch we had spinach pancakes, with jam cottage cheese, and cucumber.
We went outside just before the part timers left, we played with the parachute. Cat and mouse and fruit salad! We also did head it catch it.

It was a good day, espacially because we got new friends!

By T 12 years and V 9 years

School of Magic II – Day One

We started by making a circle and singing a few songs. One was about animals, and then the penguin song and early in the morning. Our favourites were the penguin song and the animal song.

Then we had the sorting ceremony. We three got put in house one, named Phoenix.  We thought it was really fun and we were quite excited. The hat was funny but weird!

Then we first identified a bunch of cards and then we used them to play memory game and to act out the cards. We sang the booger song and whoever got the snot had to act a card out. There was phoenix, armour, magic potion, magical creatures, centaur and broom stick in the cards. Then we put them in a circle and we walked around and we sang a song and when the song stopped we stopped at a card and the teacher chose a card and who was standing at that card got the card!

Then it was time to eat, we had macaroni and tomato sauce. We thought the food was awesome and one of us thought it was okay!

In the project we had lots of characters from magical films and we had to match pictures to names and facts. It was quite easy, we knew the answer before the teacher had finished reading the fact!

Then we went outside and we played splat, monkey football, duck, duck, goose and head it catch it.

We had bread, with cheese, ham, cucumber and fruit for snack and then we had some free time. At the end we played bingo.

It was an amazing day, really good. The sorting hat was the best thing! And the songs and dances too! Everything was really fun, even though we ended up totally out of breath!

By E 9, V nearly 8, and E 10

Week of Sport

This week our theme was sport, which we jumped into with 26 kids and four
instructors. We learned sport-related vocabulary in three small groups through
vocabulary games such as Down in the jungle and Bingo. We also sang a lot of
songs, ”The Beaver Song” being everyone´s favourite.


On Monday we had taekwondo in the park, led by a taekwondo teacher. We all
enjoyed the nice, warm weather and fun activity. For lunch we had spinach
pancakes and jam.

For Tuesday´s project we had frisbeegolf in the park. The kids did super well
and seemed to enjoy both, the frisbeegolf and also the outdoor games at the
playground. For lunch we had pyttipannu.

Wednesday was a day for pasta and veggie sauce, which was really loved
among all of us! The project of the day was croquet.

On Thursday we had meatballs and mashed potatoes for everyone. As our
project we had a dancing lesson where kids got to learn a little choreography
and compete against each other on who could stay balanced for the longest
while only standing on one leg.

On Friday, the last day of the week, we did not have a vocabulary session at all.
Instead, we played music games such as ”Music bucket” and ”Musical statues”.
The project of the day was led by one of our instructors and it included some
football and running tasks. For lunch we had hot dogs, we got to eat as many as we

The week of sport was a week packed with energy and nice, fun things to
discover. The kids did very well and never failed to surprise us instructors with
their almost flaming energy, great ideas and positive feelings. What a week for
all of us!

By Assistant instructor Emilia

Summer Circus – Days Four and Five

On Thursday we continued playing the circus vocabulary games and other games. Especially a game called ”What’s the time Mr. Wolf” was very popular among the children. We ate meatballs with mashed potatoes for lunch.

Our project of the day consisted of two activity points: face painting and magician’s balloons. Kids painted each others faces with help of teachers in the first activity point. Painted pictures were everything from beautiful ladybirds to amazing superhero masks.

In the second point they formed animals, like snakes and dogs, from magician balloons.

Friday was probably the highlight of the week. Kids visited the Circus School which they really loved and they got to eat hot dogs for lunch. Yum! There was also popcorn to snack on. Before kids started heading home (with a smile on their face) they got their well deserved camp certificates.

Overall, the week went by very fast and we all had fun. Kids learned new games, songs and lots of new words in English. Kids (and us, teachers) got to hang out with new people, in a new environment, which is always a nice change to regular everyday life.

The Circus Summer Camp was held in Mukkelis Makkelis, which is as a super nice and entertaining place for children. There are gymnast’s rings, a foam pit, a trapeze and wall bars, that the children couldn’t keep their hands off…

The nice weather and the great location of Mukkelis Makkelis allowed us to also play games outside in the park every day.

By Assistant Instructor Sofie

Summer Circus – Days Two and Three

On Tuesday we started with morning songs, the banana song for example! We also did Early in the Morning, it’s about a bird who sings in the morning. We sang the Animal Song too, it tells about a crocodile, an eagle, a fox, a beaver, an orangutan, and a rabbit.

We did head it, catch it and wink murders. Our favourite is the wink murder and splat!

We ate vegetable soup and cottage cheese.

For the project we made lions, elephants and clown collars. We made the lion from a paper plate, which we coloured yellow and drew a lion’s face on it. The mane was made from coloured paper bits, which we glued on in every direction.

During story time Amanda read to us the book Snail and the Whale, in it a snail travels on a whale!

On Wednesday (that’s today) we started the morning again with songs, the pirate song, Tarzan and early in the morning. Most of us think early in the morning is the best one of these!

Some of us started learning new words in the vocabulary groups, and others kept practicing the old ones still. In the older kids’ group we played Hot Seats, and in the others for example bingo and musical bumps with cards.

Today’s project was a Circus Quiz. In that we had to answer some questions by choosing one of three answers. It was easy!

We ate pyttipannu today, but we don’t know what that is in English!

In the park we played with the colourful parachute and did splat! We also played cat and mouse with the parachute. We had some free time in the play park. Then we wrote the blog!

By: E 9, L 9, H 7, I 7 and A 8

Summer Circus – Day One

The morning started with games and songs, for example the banana song. That was our favourite! We also did the penguin song and the morning song. That was a bit difficult! Then we played What’s the time Mr Wolf and Head it & Catch it. We had Suvi, Amanda, Roosa and Sofie as our teachers. They were nice.

Then we went into three groups. In one group we played bingo and memory game and we learnt the names of the cards. There was circus words like fireworks, tickets, gymnast, acrobat, hoola hoop. In the other group group we learnt words like cotton candy, magician, safety net, tight rope walker, lion tamer and snake charmer. We also did pantomime, that was our favourite! But acting out hoola hoops was difficult.

Then it was lunch time. We ate spinach pancakes, with jam, cucumber and peas. It was good!

After lunch we had some free time. Everything was a bit messy after that! We were in the cave under the slide, we also went in the cheese pit, but there were too many people there so we didn’t want to be there all the time. It’s not real cheese, but kind of like “fluff puff” says L 😊 Soft bits that you can jump onto. We also played the instruments and had a crazy choir! And played on the gym ladders and tried to do cart wheels inside the green crawling tube…

Then it was project time. We had to find the orange papers that had gymnast, clown and everything on them. Then we got a paper where there were pictures and blanks and when she showed the word we had to know which blank it goes in. After that we went outside!

There we played Monkey Football, and Wink Murderer, and Bunny Whoops. That is a brain game where you have to know the catch!

After the part timers left we had some free time. Then we had story time, Amanda read Elmer to us. It’s an elephant who is different to others and has many colours, but everyone else is grey. It was a happy story, because everyone was happy in the end and always when Elmer was there.

Then it was time for food again, we ate sandwiches and fruit.

After that we had a little bit of free time and then everyone started to go home!

By L 8 years, F 8 years and T 9 years, with a bit of help from Elina

Summer jobs at Kielikoulu ELF!

Kielikoulu ELF is recruiting enthusiastic English speakers to work on our kids’ summer camps this summer! We have vacancies for two or three 15-18-year-olds who qualify for City of Turku’s summer job support. The job entails working as an assistant instructor on two five-day summer camps in Turku, helping the head instructors lead fun and educational children’s activities. Your help will also be needed in support duties including cooking, cleaning up and preparing materials for activities.

The weekly working hours are 30, so you will work a total of 60 hours over two weeks during the summer. Your daily working hours will be between 8am and 4pm, 7 hours per day on average. We have camps in June and early August. You will be paid 345 euros for your two week’s work. Contracts are available to applicants qualifying for the City of Turku’s summer job support. More information about the programme can be found here:

Kielikoulu ELF is a Turku-based children’s language school, teaching about 300 kids annually. Our summer camps are growing more popular every year, in 2018 we expect to run five day camps at full capacity. We will have 1-2 head instructors and 1-3 assistant instructors per camp, depending on group sizes. You can read more about our courses on our website:

If you are interested in working with us next summer, please send us your application in English via email to as soon as possible, and no later than April 15th. In your application please tell us about yourself, your education, hobbies, interests and any previous work experience. Please also mention which camps you would be available to work at. If you have any questions, you can reach us by email or phone 044 326 7677.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Winter Explorer

During the 2018 February half term break we hosted a holiday course called ”Winter Explorer”. This was a wintery detective course, with lots of different activities. Below you can read what two of our students and our assistant teacher had to say about the week!

Iida 7 years: I liked to play in and outside with all friends. It was nice to visit Taidemuseo also. Good food!

Liam 8 years: I liked that week. Hama beads are fun. I like that when we be in animal museum. There was a crocodile, an orangutan…. no! There is a one bear! Everyone get toy animal, I got spider! I learn some words, walkie talkie and fingerprint and foot print. We played memory game and I don’t remember what anymore. We do animal’s footprints. And played with box that is really funny! We have to find a hat! Food was good, I like the food. Really good friends.

Ruth, assistant teacher:

The Winter Explorer camp started on the 19th of February. Though, it was just for a week it was packed with loads of fun and exciting educational activities. The morning of Day 1 started with self introduction, familiarising ourselves with each other and also learning the rules of the camp. We learnt some educational songs but our favourite is the banana song. Next, the instructors quickly dived into action by introducing what I will call the ”winter base vocabulary” i.e vocabulary associated with winter. These vocabularies were introduced in various ways: for example done as a memory game or an acting out game. After this we went outside for the outdoor game for an 45mins-1h: sledding. We came back for lunch, had a little rest then faced the project for the day. This was fun for us because we had to match the animal footprints to the animals. We also made animal footprint with shaving foam which was a bit messy but we were all excited.

Day 2 was even more fun because our project for this day was pretending to be a police officer who is attending to his client. Then, each of us had our sheets which had the column to take the detail of our pairs and fingerprints. Note that the names of all the finger were learned and sang in the morning along side with the vocabularies games (vocabularies based on detective: a detective, flashlight, secret, a magnifying glass and so on). After then, we also used our fingerprint to make animals like ants, fox,butterfly.

Day 3 was also exciting for us because we visited the BIOLOGICAL MUSEUM! We got there in good time and we immediately moved into action by answering the activities sheet which we brought with us. We reminded ourselves once again about the names of the animals which we learnt during our morning, then answered the questions on our sheets based on what we saw at the museum. At the end, each of us went home with our favourite animal toy.

Day 4 was the most exciting and interesting because the project was a bit different from the normal one. It was a Mystery Challenge with Elina. It was an exciting time for us because we were not allowed to discuss what our group did with any other person that is not in our group. This mystery challenge was done in three groups, one group at a time tackled the challenge while the others played vocabulary games.

The last day was Friday, which was the grand finale and of course most of us wanted the camp to continue! We went sledding again after our songs and vocabulary games. And the project for that day was to pretend to be in the on going Olympic games and there was a sheet for us to fill out with our details: name, age , country, the of game you are involve in the Olympics. We also drew ourselves participating/performing that game. Everything done during this time from songs to projects, story time (reading a book), games were all educational and they are all professionally linked together. And I believe it should be a continuous programme to build confidence in the children to use English language fluently.