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Teaching the little ones the ways of Norway

Published 10/18/2008, West Central Tribune

As a circle of pre-schoolers tried to twist their chubby fingers in the complicated fashion required when singing the “Itsy-Bisty Spider” song, their tongues and brains were also undergoing a challenging twist. They were trying to sing the song in Norwegian. “Very good,” cooed Jamie Moe, an early education teacher to her young charges, who really didn’t seem to care what language they were singing as long as they were having fun. Ever since the Norwegian-style “barnehage” pre-school opened Sept. 8 in Sunburg, the children have been hearing and speaking Norwegian. And having fun. It may be just a word here and there, enmeshed in a constant jabber of English, but after a month of classes the children understand much of the Norwegian they hear and incorporate Norwegian words into their vocabulary and play.

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