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Che gelo!


Posted on January 7th, 2015

Brrr! Il freddo ci ha tenuto in ostaggio! Non si esce di casa in temere di gelare. Qui a New York si subiscono le temperature real-feel sotto 0° F, -16° C. (The cold has taken over! We can't go out of our houses in fear of freezing over. Here in New York we are experiencing "real-feel" temperatures of below 0°F.) Ma se si dovreste uscire per forza, si ¨ consigliato vestirsi con strati di vestiti. Io per esempio mi metto prima pantaloni e camicia termici di seta, poi pantaloni e maglietta con maniche lunghe.

Posted in Blog,Italian Language



Granturco, Maize, or Pannocchia?


Posted on November 10th, 2014

Corn is a human invention, believed to be originally cultivated in Central Mexico, where it is referred to as maize. The Indians througout North and South America depended upon this crop for most of their food. It eventually reached the Eastern part of North America about 1000 years ago. When the first Thanksgiving was held […]

Posted in Blog,Italian Language



Ylenia Mino; painting for peace and joy


Posted on July 27th, 2014

Ylenia Mino is an Italian artist who has exhibited her art at La Piazza di Carolina. She was born in a small village at the foot of the Italian Alps, and had a strong inclination towards art at a young age. This artist developed her talents working with an Egyptian oil painter and broadened her horizons through classical studies.

Posted in Blog,Cultura Italiana



I burattinai della Piazza di Carolina


Posted on July 24th, 2014

Our last day of Italian Camp was completed with the premier of our puppet show! For two weeks, our 6-11 year old campers worked very hard memorizing copioni (scripts) and practicing with i burattini (the puppets). The performance told the story of una bella principessa (a beautiful princess) who was loved by three different men; […]

Posted in Blog,Italian Camp



Il giorno del gelato!


Posted on July 21st, 2014

For our final day at Italian Camp we celebrated our hard work with some gelato! Our wonderful gelataio (ice-cream man) Michele pulled up to La Piazza di Carolina in his vintage, 1960’s stylecamioncino del gelato(ice cream truck) delighted to serve our campers. But before we ate our frozen treats we all had to learn how to […]

Posted in Blog,Italian Camp



Il Corpo Umano!


Posted on July 11th, 2014

Wednesday at Italian camp we learned about Il Corpo Umano (the human body)!! We started learning new voabulary through song and dance with the Italian version of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” (Testa Spalla Ginocchia e Piedi), watch it here and view the lyrics here! At craft time we practiced these new words by constructing and labeling […]

Posted in Blog,Italian Camp



FORZA AZZURRI!!


Posted on July 3rd, 2014

In honor of the 2014 World Cup, our 3-5 year olds spent Tuesday morning learning all about soccer in Italy! We created our own jerseys to support the national team, known as Gli Azzurri for the traditional color of their shirts. We also found some wonderful videos on Italy’s history in the World Cup, and learned […]

Posted in Blog,Italian Camp



5 Reasons to Enroll this Summer!


Posted on June 18th, 2014

  Summer camp is always a great option for your kids, but have you ever thought about a language learning camp? Not only does La Piazza di Carolina’s summer camp offer all of the fun of an ordinary day camp, but it incorporates learning the Italian language. Your child will gain all of the benefits […]

Posted in Blog,Italian Camp



10 Reasons Your Little One Should be Bilingual


Posted on May 5th, 2014

Many parents see raising a bilingual child to be a very daunting task. They fear that their child will become confused between the two languages and will have trouble communicating in the future. The truth is that raising your child to be bilingual can provide them with a tremendous mental and individual growth lacked by […]

Posted in Blog,Italian Classes



Benvenuto all’anno nuovo!


Posted on December 30th, 2013

December 31st marks La Festa di San Silvestro, followed by Il Capodanno the next day, and Italians have many ways to commemorate the New Year! Read on to learn about some of the most common ones: Food. Of course, it wouldn’t be an Italian celebration without food! On New Year’s Eve, Italians tend to eat […]

Posted in Blog,Italian Celebrations