Julia's Journey to Finland

Current Location

Helsinki, Finland

Hi! I'm Julia, but my students know me as Ms. Miller. I am currently living in Finland as I research early childhood play-based learning methods. I can't wait to share my adventures with you!


Did you know that Lapland is where the majority of reindeer live in Finland? I observed a traditional Sami school in a town called Rovaniemi, where I learned about their culture. Come learn with me!


As a first grade teacher in Philly, I wanted to discover how Finnish teachers successfully bring play into the classroom. Now, as a Fulbright scholar, I am able to research play in Helsinki, Finland!

Field Notes

Have you ever tried a food that seemed strange to you? I am always eager to try new foods, but in Finland, the cuisine is much different than American foods! Come find out what I tasted and enjoyed!


Within the Finnish education system, play is an important part of the learning process for students in kindergarten, first and second grades. Check out the Playful Learning Center!