As members of the Sons of Norway lodge, we have access to a variety of cultural skills programs that are easily integrated into our homeschool curriculum. I’ve written about the benefits of the lodge in the past both here and at Curriculum Choice. In July, I shared with you our progress in Norwegian Folk Dance. As we begin a new school year, I share with you two additional heritage and cultural skills programs available to members.
Over the past few years, I have been working on developing my repertoire of Norwegian cooking skills. I achieved level 1 (favorite recipes) a couple years ago. In June, I submitted my application for levels 2 (baking) and 3 (meat dishes). At each level, applicants are required to prepare 4-5 Norwegian recipes. An elective project is also required and a variety of suggestions are provided.
- I wrote several Hub pages: Lefse, Bløtekake, & Smørrebrød
- I prepared dishes for our lodge business meeting (Bløtekake and Vaflerer).
- I taught my Barnesklubb kids how to make lefse.
- I planned a traditional Norwegian Easter dinner.
Now that I am familiar with numerous dishes, my kids have expressed interest in earning these pins themselves. In the photographs above, they are making Almond Bars with an old family recipe.
We have also recently began working towards our cultural skills pin in Norwegian Literature together. Like cooking, it is divided into three levels and a pin is awarded for each. Level 1 is Favorites, level 2 is Fiction, and level 3 is Non-fiction. Within each level we are required to read a specific number of books by a Norwegian author, and a specific number by a Norwegian-American author, write a report, and select an elective (book club, an article for the lodge newsletter, start a lodge library, etc.).
Presently, we are working on level one and thus far, we have read:
- Race of the Birkebeiners by Lise Lunge-Larsen
- Dr. Proctor’s Fart Powder by Jo Nesbø
- The Klipfish Code by Mary Cassanova
- Viking Tales by Jennie Hall (available for free!)
As an elective activity, we have started a book club within our Sons of Norway lodge whereby we meet regularly to discuss the books we are reading. Through book club, I have come to discover other books by Nesbø, though not appropriate for young readers, provide a fascinating look into Norwegian culture.
Cultural heritage activities enrich our understanding of our ancestry and foster friendships. Do you integrate lessons in heritage and cultural skills in your homeschool? What activities do you and your children enjoy most?