The original ending to "Adalmina's Pearl…"

Now that we have received some wonderful student adaptations and versions of the ending of “Adalmina’s Pearl,” it’s time to unveil the original ending that Zacharias Topelius wrote.

“Adalmina’s Pearl” … the original ending by Zacharias Topelius.

Splash! The diamond crown fell into the pond. Adalmina looked at her beautiful figure in the water…… but what had happened? Her expensive jewelry, golden earrings and extravagant dress had disappeared and instead she saw a barefoot poor girl in rags and messy hair on the water’s surface.

Adalmina had also lost her great wisdom and all of a sudden she became a simple girl with no knowledge of anything.

Even more, in the blink of an eye, she also lost her memory. Adalmina didn´t know who she was, not even where she came from. Adalmina got really frightened and ran into the woods. Evening drew, wolves howled in the forest and Adalmina ran and ran until she saw some candle light in the window.

She saw a little cottage where a poor old woman lived. “Poor child,” said the woman when she saw Adalmina. “Where are you coming from this late?” But Adalmina couldn´t answer. She didn´t know who she was or who her parents were. The old woman felt pity and said that Adalmina could stay with her. She added that Adalmina could be her goat keeper and look after her goats, if Adalmina would be satisfied to eat bread and drink just water, and maybe some goat milk on special occasions.

Adalmina was happy with that and so the Blue Fairy´s promise had become true: Adalmina had a good and humble heart now.

Adalmina started a new, humble life with the old woman and her goats. She didn´t have any riches, but was happier than ever before. With the humble heart she gained many other virtues, such as sincerity, love and peace at heart. Wherever she was, Adalmina spread sunshine and light of good heart around her.

But the King and the Queen were totally beside themselves because they did not know where Adalmina was. They promised that whoever found Adalmina could marry her and get all the royal riches with the marriage.

Three long years went by, but no one could find Adalmina. One day prince Sigismund found his way to the old woman’s cottage. But the old woman nor Adalmina could help him to find the Princess. The Prince, however, wanted to build his own castle in the forest and one day he kneeled down at the same pond where Adalmina had lost her crown and pearl years before.

The Prince saw something glittering in the bottom of the well. Could that be Adalmina´s Pearl? He took the pearl to the King and the Queen and they knew that it belonged to Adalmina.

The King invited all the girls who were eighteen years, which was Adalmina’s age, to the castle and the girl whose head was the right size for the crown would be Adalmina. Thousands of girls rushed to the castle, but the crown didn’t fit anyone.

Just before night fell, Adalmina, dressed in rags, made her way to the castle. She was now a shepherd girl, but the Kind and Queen still insisted on her trying on the crown. When they placed the crown on Adalmina’s head, it fit perfectly. Everyone cheered: they had finally found Adalmina! So, the shepherd girl entered the palace and now, with the crown back on her head, she became stunningly beautiful again and this time with all of the good virtues promised by the Red Fairy Godmother. She now understood how stupid and selfish she had been before. She went back to the cottage and brought the old woman to the palace with her. They celebrated Prince Sigismund and Adalmina´s wedding soon and everyone thought that Adalmina´s pearl was beautiful, but the humble heart was much more precious than any other beauty in the world.


Literature Week Project!

For this year’s Literature Week, the Funtastic! teachers decided to work together on a joint project.

The idea this year was to introduce each other to children’s stories from our Erasmus+ project countries: Finland, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Spain. Finland started off with the Literature week and completed our project plan and idea. Students in our partner schools will be introduced to the Finnish author Zacharias Topelius and his story “Adalmina’s Pearl.”

The directions for our Literature Week project are as follows:

The students in your classes are not to be shown the title of the story! The students will make up their own title after reading the introduction and completing their own version of the story.

· Students only read the introduction of the story.

· Students continue from the introduction and write their own version of the story.

· Students are encouraged to draw pictures inspired by the story.

 · After students have completed their story and drawings, they can read the original story with the original title.

The story “Adalmina’s Pearl” begins….

In a distant kingdom a long time ago lived the King, the Queen and their beloved only child, a baby daughter, the Princess named Adalmina.

The Princess had two godmothers, the Red and the Blue Fairy. The Red Fairy gave Adalmina a present: a pearl. The pearl would make the Princess wiser, more beautiful and richer every day. But, if Adalmina were to lose the pearl, she would lose all of its magic until the pearl was found again.

The Blue Fairy gave the Princess a fourth gift: a humble heart. The fourth gift would only come true if the pearl was lost, so the Princess couldn’t have all four of the gifts at the same time.

The King and Queen said that the Blue Fairy’s gift was of no use and no good. The King and the Queen liked the Red Fairy’s gifts very much and they said that they would look after the precious pearl. The King had a beautiful crown made for the Princess, and the crown would fit only Adalmina’s head. And the pearl, of course, was on the crown and so well mastered that it would never fall off.

Adalmina wore the crown all the time. The Kind and Queen were very strict and they never allowed Adalmina to leave the Palace. The Princess grew up and she was, just like the Red Fairy had predicted, the most beautiful and richest princess on earth. Everything Adalmina wore was gold, her room was covered with gold and she ate from gold plates. She was also the wisest princess ever.

Everything was well in the royal family. The King and the Queen admired their beautiful and wise daughter. But, unfortunately, Adalmina grew up to be very selfish, arrogant and believed that she was superior to everyone. The Princess also became very greedy, envious and rude. Eventually, everyone became afraid of her.

One day the Princess went to the palace garden, and decided to run away from the Palace and to go as far as possible. After a while, the Princess became thirsty and tired so she stopped by a little pond. The Princess bent over to have a sip of water from the pond. She looked at her face in the pond and admired the beautiful sight she saw. All of a sudden, the crown dropped into the water and sank into the depths. All of a sudden, the reflection in the water changed into something completely different. She was no longer a princess….

From here, students begin to write how they believe the story continues and to create artwork inspired by their own story.

Our students enjoyed this project very much! The students were excited to continue a story and to create their very own version of well-known Finnish story. The artwork that corresponded to the story was another element that allowed students to use their creativity.

We hope that you all enjoy creating your own “Adalmina’s Pearl!”

3rd & 4th Grade Literature Week

Pippi Longstocking and Emil in Lönneberga are characters created by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The stories and adventures of Pippi Longstocking and Emil in Lönneberga are read by many children and adults around the world.

During our literature week, third and fourth grade students had a chance to explore these beloved characters more closely. Teachers Anu and Henriikka had story time with groups of children during which they read Pippi Longstocking and Emil in Lönneberga.

After story time, and learning more about the characters in Astrid Lindgren’s stories, children created their own paper dolls of Emil, Pippi, or Pippi’s pet monkey, Mr. Nilsson.


We are excited to be taking part in #ErasmusDays from October 10-12 in order to share experiences about Erasmus+ and promote our ongoing Erasmus+ project.

Our #ErasmusDays activities are focused on highlighting countries, cultures and languages around Europe. To begin the activities, students took part in a music trivia quiz which involved recognizing the language in different songs. Students were excited to listen to music from different countries and put their own language knowledge to the test.

Continuing with the music theme, many students took part in learning and performing songs in different languages. Our third graders who study French excitedly sang a song called “Ainsi font, font, font” which is about marionettes.

Enthusiastic French students!

Our teacher Leni taught her third grade students “La Cucaracha” with English and Spanish lyrics. Students played instruments, sang and danced.

Third grade students singing, dancing, and playing instruments!

Sixth grade students in an elective international dance class have been working on choreographing dances based on four different dance styles. After their choreography is completed, the students will teach each other the dances.

Sixth grade girls in the beginning phase of working on their choreography.

Continuing with the international theme, sixth graders are able to take part in an elective cooking course in which students prepare snacks or appetizers that are popular in different countries. Each lesson, students first research the food culture in the specific country they are focusing on that week. After the students have completed their research, they add the recipe for the week to their notebooks. Finally — most likely the most anticipated part of the lesson — the students are responsible for thoroughly following the directions of the recipe in order to prepare the food.

Spain was up for this week’s food tour and Janne, the teacher of the course, had decided to have the students prepare pinchos, a popular snack in northern parts of Spain. Students were very interested to learn about the food culture in Spain before being able to make their own pinchos.

There are many fun and exciting events taking place in order to highlight Erasmus+ projects for #ErasmusDays from 10-12 October. You can follow along and find events near you with this link:

The link to Töölö Primary School’s #ErasmusDays event can be found here:

Happy #ErasmusDays 2019!

Back to School…

…but still making time to enjoy being outside.

It is already our second full week back at school in Helsinki and the students and teachers are easing into the routines and activities of school life.

The most excited students are most likely our new first graders who have taken the first days of the school year to familiarize themselves with the school, their new classmates, and their teachers. As we have been fortunate enough to have lovely weather continue in Helsinki, teachers and students have been able to spend time outdoors. Our principal, Paula, led a school year kick-off in the yard that welcomed our first graders to school as their ‘big brothers’ and ‘big sisters’ presented them their very first ABC school book. Our 6C teacher, Hanna, led a “dance recess” during which she taught a choreographed dance and all students were able to dance along with Hanna in the school yard. In addition, many teachers have used outside spaces for lessons and activities and some teachers have taken their classes on field trips like fishing and familiarizing themselves with the nature that is very easily accessible in Helsinki.

First graders playing and exploring in a nearby park.
Fishing was a fun way for second graders to spend the day outside!

Yes, school might be back in session, but we believe that there is so much that we can learn and teach in the nature around us. And we here at Töölö are happy to make every last warm-weather-moment count.

Europe Day

9 May is Europe Day. Many people know how important is being part of Europe. As European citizens, we are able to collaborate with each other in order to reach peace, cohabitation, and freedom all around the continent. In addition, we have to accept the differences between all the countries and cultures, and we have to take advantage of all of them for our own growth.

European people need to be a model for the rest of the world. We strongly believe in the power of education based on European values for our pupils.

For this reason, we would like to wish you all… HAPPY EUROPE DAY!

Science Fair and Phenomena-based learning at Töölö Primary School

Last week, Töölö Primary School students spent science week in various FUNtastic ways.

As a school, teachers decided to use this week as a phenomena-based learning week, with all students taking part.

In order to get the whole school involved, students and teachers were first divided by grade; 1st and 5th graders worked together (big brothers/sisters with little brothers/sisters), 2nd and 6th together (also big brothers/sisters with little brothers/sisters) , and 3rd and 4th grade students worked together. Teachers planned a science-themed week specifically for their groups.

Teachers had amazing ideas for their groups and planned an extremely successful science week.

Additionally, all students were able to participate in a field trip to our science center Heureka where students explored exhibits such as ‘Mind your Brain’ and the much anticipated Dinosaurs exhibit.

2C and 6C students were able to visit Heureka on Monday. Students were instructed to explore the science center freely with their big/little brothers/sisters but were instructed that they had to visit the ‘Mind Your Brain’ exhibit in order to participate in workshops about the brain and work on group projects on the same topic at school.

Our 2C teacher Leni, our 6C teacher Heidi, and our English teacher Anna planned workshops about the brain for 2C and 6C students.

Heidi held a mindfulness workshop that focused on the importance of taking brain breaks and taking care of our minds and finding ways to calm down, even in the middle of a school day. The students practiced mindful breathing on yoga mats as Heidi directed students to take deep breaths from their stomachs.

Heidi also taught the students how to make a calm down jar. Students filled a glass jar with water, dish soap, and glitter and then glued the cap on. When students shake their jars, there is a storm in the jar (much like our emotions and perceptions during stressful times). Eventually, the glitter settles to the bottom of the jar, just like a storm settling.    

Our 2C teacher Leni held a dance and rhythm workshop. Dance and rhythm have been proven to be great activities for brain function, so Leni took the opportunity to use her dancing talents to guide students in exercising their brains.

Students practiced repeating different rhythms with fun games and tasks such as the triangle dance, the hand give, desktop drumming and the hand clapping game Sevens. The students practiced these challenging activities with their big/little brothers/sisters.

Students practice the popular Triangle Dance challenge.
Students practice the hand clapping game Sevens.

Anna held a brain teasers and brain exercise workshop. First, the students discussed the importance of exercising our brains and ways that we can exercise our brains.

The group had a lot of fun first practicing bimanual interference which is when the brain has to simultaneously control two or more movements. The classic example of this is rubbing your stomach with one hand while patting your head with the other hand. The group tried different examples of bimanual interference with varying levels of difficulty.

The students also practiced the multicolored text exercise. Color words (for example orange, purple, green, etc.) are written in colors different than what the word is. The challenge is to say the color in which the word is written instead of the word that is written. For example, the word yellow might be written in green text. This tricky task exercises both sides of the brain, as text perception and color perception are located in different hemispheres of the brain. Using both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously helps to establish new connections which improves concentration and attention.

Students then partnered with their little/big brothers/sisters to try different stations of brain teasers and tasks set up around the classroom.

Students used the afternoon lessons of our science week in order to work with their big/little sisters/brothers to prepare a small presentation or an exercise for the class.

One group of students used familiar smells and tastes in order to create their presentation. Students instructed their peers to smell and taste different items and foods with their eyes closed and to then write down what kind of a memory they have associated with the specific scent or taste.

Students testing their memory of different smells and tastes.

Another group of students created a fun Kahoot! in order to have their peers interact in a fun test-your-brain trivia game.

Students are always excited to play Kahoot!

The Teachers and students had a variety of science -based workshops and activities for an extremely successful Science Fair week at Töölö! We all enjoyed a week of science learning and exploration in a variety of learning environments!

Visit to Cyprus

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How can I explain that the best way to learn is traveling?


We started with the Second Transnational Meeting at IMS. Cyprus team showed  us Institute of Maths and Science. After that all of us shared our different experiences and presented how we worked during last months.

In the afternoon we visited  Limassol Castle,  where we learnt a lot thanks to Maria.


On tuesday, we had the opportunity to visit the town hall, where we learnt  more about Limassol and Cyprus. In this respect, we are really grateful to the mayor of Limassol, Mr Nicos Nicolaides, who received us  and spent time with us talking about Limassol and answering our questions.

After that, we  visited Kurion Archeological Site. These greek ruins are in an amazing place by the sea. Really beautiful!!


Midweek, we had two training meetings at IMS. The first one was about Google Classroom and the second one about Effective Classroom. In fact, we used this time to assess some of the project activities, preparing future activities and also reflecting on how to use eTwinning for the project. Thereafter we visited the entire IMS.


On that sunny Thursday, we visited another awsome place: Leukara. Our wonderful tourist guide, Maria, explained to us the most interesting details about these neolothic remains and the lifestyle developed there. Near to Leukara we visit an Bio Olive Farm, olive oil and wine are very typical from Cyprus. 

To finish, we had a farewell Dinner all together at Nitayia, one of the most tasty restaurants in Limassol. Everybody used the dinner to thank for the warm welcome we have received. 


Our last meeting was celebrated to summarize the week, fix targets and prepare schedule dates for Norway. Later, we journey to Platres, really nice forest path with falls, and a beautiful town, Omodos. We also visited Lambouris Winery where we enjoyed different types of wine. None of them were fighting.

Thank you again Pavlos Pavlides, Athi Demosthenous, Maria Ergatoudi, Margarita Sofokleous and María Soteriou for your hospitality. 

We’re really glad to see all of you there.

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Spanish food week!

This week, our cafeteria staff gave our students and staff a taste of Spanish-inspired food during our Spanish food week.

Our two teachers were inspired by the Spanish food week and decided to have a cooperating lesson with their first and fifth grades to recreate famous Spanish art. Big brothers and big sisters worked with their little brothers and little sisters to create some beautiful artwork. The artwork was then hung in the cafeteria and brought more Spanish inspiration to our students. 🙂

The artwork — and food — brightened up our week and gave students an opportunity to get to know a little bit about a different culture through food and art.

Thank you to Johanna and Tarja for such a lovely idea!