Swedish Unit

Swedish Unit: Kanelbullens Dag (Cinnamon Bun Day)

When I started looking into homeschooling, one idea that I kept hearing about was poetry teatime. I thought this idea sounded so fun! So we adopted it but tweaked it to make it even more personal and meaningful to us. Instead of calling it teatime, it’s Fika. In Sweden, Fika is a daily tradition, usually...
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Swedish Unit: Midsommar Maypole Celebration

On Saturday evening, we went up to Salt Lake for the Midsommar celebration that the Swedish Heritage Society puts together every year. Before we left home, I made the girls some flower crowns to wear to the celebration. I would have made one for myself as well but we ran out of flowers. We watched...
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Sweden Unit: Midsommar Campout / Payson Canyon

Campout number 6 for 2019! We went to Payson Canyon and we couldn’t have had a more perfect campsite to celebrate Swedish Midsommar. I loved spending time in the forest. My Swedish blood was felt so at home. 🙂 Scandinavia has long, dark winters, so the arrival of summer is a big deal throughout the...
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Swedish Unit: Visiting Swen and Thilda’s Graves

It’s springtime and the world is so beautiful right now.  I don’t know if it’s just been optimal weather circumstances this year (lots of snow and rain over the past few months) or if it’s always like this and I just haven’t noticed before, but spring seems to be exceptionally beautiful this year.  There are...
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Swedish Unit: Hats Progress

The whole month of January (and first few days of February) has been spent carding wool, spinning yarn, and knitting hats.  And it’s been a lot of fun!   I used to really dislike winter. I didn’t like the cold. I didn’t like driving on slick roads. I didn’t like the shorter days.   I still...
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Swedish Unit: Keeping the Swenson Family Together

In this post, I told the story of Swen, Thilda, and their children joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Now, we’re going to back up a little bit, to the time shortly before they were introduced to the church… (Quoting from my Great-Grandfather, Dan’s history) In the summer of 1888, misfortune struck...
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Swedish Unit: Sparkstöttning

This afternoon we got to do something pretty cool, thanks to a new friend from the internet. 🙂 I was reading the Swenson family history book and ran across this tidbit that was recorded by Swen and Thilda’s son, Dan (who also happens to be my grandma’s dad)… “To get from place to place, walking...
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Swedish Unit: Miscellaneous

Here are some miscellaneous photos and videos and thoughts from our Swedish Unit.  I will continue to add to this post throughout the rest of the unit.       Roxanne is getting pretty good at the Swedish alphabet song! She sings it randomly a lot these days and it’s adorable. 🙂      
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Swedish Unit: Pile of Mashed Potatoes

Swen and Thilda’s family didn’t have much money, so often dinners in the evening consisted mainly of a large heap of mashed potatoes, on a platter, in the middle of the table. Each child had his own spoon, and enjoyed tunneling through the mound of potatoes until they met in the middle. So that’s what...
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