Friday, July 23, 2010
Wow can't believe we completed the first week already of our Italian camp in Yonkers. Why does the summer ALWAYS go by faster and faster each year! I love the summer and I really want it to be like 6 months instead of 3 months! The key is to really enjoy every day while you can.
I can certainly tell you that our campers have been truly enjoying their days here learning Italian in fun, creative, and hands-on ways. They still talk about their Italian flags that we made on the first day. Some are still carrying them around and I even received a report that one of our kids even slept with it at night - aw!
Today we sped things up a little and took out all our macchine & atuo, aerei, elicotteri, treni, camioncini (pick-up trucks) and anthing else with wheels or propellers.
We began with a vocabulary coloring page that looked like this.
Our 3 and 4 year olds are still mastering the skill of holding pastelli (crayons), choosing colors, and cloring within the lines. We help them by saying things like, "scegli un altro colore," or "Che colore vuoi?" and "Tieni il pastello così." Our coloring time gives us an opportunity to reinforce the colors in Italian. And by now when ever someone has finished a task we hear, "finito!"
The kids loved when we took out our trenino (train set). I tried and tried to put the binari (tracks) together, but my mind is not mechanical enough. Don't know if it's an adult thing, but the kids had no problem, so I finally stepped aside and let them take over. They were much better and were really into it, especially Vincenzo.
During circle time we learned the vocabolario del trasporto by playing nascondino (hide and seek). Carolina put four objects on the floor - l'areo, l'elicottero, l'auto, and il treno. When Carolina says "Chiudete gli occhi!" the kids close their eyes and she hides one of the objects. When Carolina says, "Aprite gli occhi!" the kids open and have to guess in Italian which object is missing.
We also got aboard the "moving line" and pretended to be in different modes of transportation as we listened to the song, "La metropolitana" from the CD Canzoni per bambini I.
Dopo la merenda, where the campers continue to put into use their new knowlede of functioning words like, finito, ancora, succo, acqua, etc., we did a craft of stamps and stencils of moving vehicles. It was a little messy but it was art time.
Show your kids these photos and see if they can say the vehicles in Italian. You can prompt them by saying "Cosa vedi nella foto?" "Io vedo...."