She is one of a group of teachers that got together and formed their own 'free school' in Stockholm. The idea of free schools is that s group of parents (or teachers) can set up a school however they like and wherever they like (although they must teach the Swedish curriculum). They receive money from the government for each child enrolled or about £5000 ($7700 US) each year In 2008, more than 10% of Swedish pupils were enrolled in 'free schools'.
At this time of year the days are really short - just a few hours of light really. This is the school at mid day - you can see it's starting to get dark already.
Mia explained to me that throwing snowballs is banned at the school so I refrained but it soon became clear that if a student is caught making a snowball they just say that they are starting a snowman.
I arrived at the school just in time for lunch and on the menu was Tomtegröt which translates roughly as Elf Porridge. Basically it's rice pudding with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top (yes this was for lunch). Although it is a savoury dish any leftovers can just have fruit and sugar added to make a dessert.
According to folklore, a plate of Tomtegröt is placed in a bowl in the garden on Christmas Eve to keep the Elf that looks after your house (Tomte) in a good mood for the coming year.
It's considered extremely bad manners in Sweden to wear any ind of outside shoes inside, which makes sense when you see the snow of course. This is the sight that greats you when you go into one of the many school buildings here.
I found it hard to come up with things that are better in England than Sweden in terms of education not least because after 5 minutes in the school you can just feel how happy everyone is and how the students actually want to be in school. There was such a feeling of freedom as the students are allowed to come up with their own study plans and are given lots of free time for self directed study.
There are even student offices like this one where each child has a desk and cupboard so that they can do their homework at school (although they hardly ever get homework at all). It is not uncommon for them to hang around here together well after the end of the school day - can you imagine that in England or France?
Can you see the traditional Swedish loom that came from the house in the countryside to be lent to the school? We'll have to get that back to the barn so I can have a play on it one day.
I I also discovered a building with animals in and it looks like they have won a few awards of some kind.
Classes finished at 3.30pm and look how dark it was by then!