When she first came to the USA she brought a few things with her to introduce us to her country. Pictures, stories and even some food were shared.
I had some grand ideas for her visit to read the book about Norway but unfortunately an illness prevented the grand plans. So we settled for reading and relaxing and my asking questions to further the information given in the book.
The kids really enjoyed having their Aunt Marita over for the day. We picked her up in the morning, had lunch and then sat down afterward (well kind of..2 kids kept running around) to listen as Aunt Marita read to us about Norway. I asked specific questions and we all worked on our pronunciation of the Norwegian language. It’s kind of nice to have an expert on the topic. 🙂
I really enjoyed having Marita read the book about Norway. She was great at sharing even more about what was on the pages. The one part in the book about the parade was especially fun as she explained that it was like our 4th of July. Only everyone there gets to dress up in Norwegian attire. My oldest son mistook that as dressing up in costumes and everyone got a good laugh. Then Marita got to explain that they use the traditional dress for the country and not costumes like we would think of in the USA.
She had the kids repeat after her with the pronunciation of the words in Norwegian found in the back of the book. It was quite fun to hear each kid try to sound them out. Even the younger kids tried which led to some laughter. The kids and I had a blast.
All of the books talk about a different holiday, they incorporate some of the native language, different foods, the type of money used in the country, school and a place of interest. The books are bright and colorful which kept their attention and I liked how they use children to talk about the country and culture in each book.
These books are available at Carole’s website here. They are each $8.99 in paperback form. The ages listed are Pre-K through age 8. However, my oldest who was 11 did enjoy them. I think it helps to make them come alive. By adding the element of the children’s Aunt (who was from Norway) come and read the books it added that element. But it isn’t necessary to have someone from that country. Just do your own thing to make it come alive. I know I plan on doing a food for each country the next time we bring them out. It takes some planning but the kids LOVE when we do activities.