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North Dakota studies comes alive

By Staff | Sep 30, 2016

Third and fourth grade students at Little Flower School had a fun and educational learning experience in Minot at the Norsk Hostfest. Pictured: The class took their picture in the mountains while holding caution signs.

Little Flower School Grades 3 and 4 were able to attend the Norsk Hostfest on Wednesday, September 28. The class has recently been studying the ethnic heritage of North Dakota. I thought experiencing some of the culture first hand would be a great learning experience, and with living in such close proximity to the largest Scandinavian festival in North Dakota, it is possible!

The students were very interested in seeing the different types of art being created in front of their eyes. Some of their favorite things were watching glass beads be decorated and colored, seeing wool spun by hand into yarn, and wood carving/shaving. The exhibitors were wonderful about taking extra time and explaining to the kids how and why things were made. Another favorite was seeing the different types of weapons that were used for protection.

They highlight of the day for many of the students was the live Viking show. Here students were able to see real life Vikings doing mock fights. The clashing of the swords and the shouts of the warriors definitely brought it to life for them.

In addition to crafts and Vikings, the students enjoyed a magic show. They were also able to taste test some of the different foods. Rosettes were definitely a favorite amongst them all. Being submersed in cultural music added to the authentic feel.

Norsk Hostfest 2016 was definitely a hit amongst our young people.

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