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I burattinai della Piazza di Carolina

Posted by Alexandra Gallo
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on Thursday, 24 July 2014
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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; il principe (the prince), il cavaliere (the knight), and l'arlecchino (the harlequin). However this story did not follow traditional fairy tails, and the princess was in love with the harlequin instead of the handsome prince or noble knight. When the regina (queen) and the re (king) put their faith in the hands of a confused wizard (il mago) the chaos continued! These campers did a wonderful job perfecting the voices of their burattini and taking direction when showtime rolled around. Overall our performance was a great success and we are all very proud of our little burattinai (puppeteers). Ci mancherete!

 

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Il giorno del gelato!

Posted by Alexandra Gallo
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on Monday, 21 July 2014
in Italian Camp

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 style camioncino del gelato (ice cream truck) delighted to serve our campers. But before we ate our frozen treats we all had to learn how to ask politely for una coppa (a cup), un cono (a cone), or un ghiacciolo (an ice pop). One at a time our campers told Michele "Vorrei questo per favore" (I would like this please), and pointed to the signs he had layed out for us. What a wonderfully sunny day for some cool gelato!

 

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Italian Camp Update

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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Carolina Gengo has been teaching Italian for over 18 years. She grew up in an I
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on Friday, 26 July 2013
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For the past two weeks at Italian Camp we’ve been divided into two groups, younger kids ages 3-4 and older kids 9-11. We participated in some activities together like le canzoni del mattino (the morning songs), merenda (snack), and giorno della pizza (pizza day), but for more advanced activities the older kids worked separately. One day after reading Riccioli D’oro e i Tre Orsi (Goldilocks and The Three Bears) the older camp decided to re-enact the tale. Putting together an abbreviated script was easy, the difficult part came when the campers had to then memorize, understand, and act out their lines in their new language! Though it was challenging it truly helped them advance in their Italian speaking abilities. All in all, they put on a great show!

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Parole del Racconto

Bosco - Forest

Scodella - Bowl

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Sotto il mare

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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on Tuesday, 09 July 2013
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Friday at Italian Camp our tema della giornata (theme of the day) was sotto il mare (under the sea). We began the day reading a story about the different types of animali del mare (sea animals) along with coordinating pictures. We then followed with a song. Singing along with the music helped the kids understand the new Italian words and internalize their meanings. Later in the day when we worked on our under water scene the kids were then able to easily ask for the appropriate sea animal stamps they wanted to use. Instead of asking for octopus, they were requesting “polipo!”

 

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E il camp italiano è in corsa di nuovo

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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La Prima Settimana della Piazza di Carolina:


Questa settimana cominciava l'ottava estate del camp estivo in italiano per prescolari e giovanotti alla Piazza di Carolina. Abbiamo fatto molte cose!

Lunedì, a causa della pioggia, abbiamo giocato dentro. Abbiamo imparato della cultura d’Italia, poi abbiamo guardato un po’ del film Muzzy. Abbiamo cantato molte canzoni, per esempio l’alfabeto ed i colori.

Martedì, potevamo andare fuori, ma era un po’ nuvoloso. Abbiamo imparato che la parola per “flag” è la bandiera, e abbiamo fatto delle bandiere per tutti.

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i tre porcellini

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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on Tuesday, 31 July 2012
in Italian Camp

Fra le più belle favole per bambini c'è i tre porcellini, il nostro tema del giorno oggi.  In caso non vela ricordate vi faccio un breve riassunto:

Ci sono tre porcellini che lasciano la casa e vanno a costruire tre casette. Il primo la costruisce in paglia, ma il cattivo lupo  la soffia giù e la crolla. Il secondo la costruisce in legno e di nuovo il lupo soffia forte e la casetta spazza via. Ma il terzo porcellino costruisce la sua casa in calce e mattoni e purtroppo il lupo non riesce a soffiarla giù. Invece si arrampica sul tetto per entrare dal camino ma cade giù in una pentola piena di acqua bollente. Il lupo feroce corre via e i tre porcellini vivono contenti e felici.

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Dopo la storia i bambini hanno fatto tre carini burattini dei trei porcellini, poi abbiamo ascoltato la canzone in italiano, clicca sotto per ascoltare.

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Summer Italian Style (for kids, anyway)

Posted by Jenna Crispo
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on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
in Italian Camp

Ciao a tutti! My name is Jenna Crispo and I am extremely excited to begin as the summer 2012 intern at La Piazza di Carolina! I will be working at the summer camp during my break from the University of Delaware, where I am studying Italian Education and preparing to study abroad in Florence, Italy for the fall semester. We are getting ready for a summer filled with games, music, crafts, swimming and more! The kids are going to love it and I know I will too! I cannot wait to share my passion for the italian language and culture with the children while having a blast!

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Hopefully this will be the view from my apartment in Florence! (Ponte Vecchio)

Stay tuned for our own cultural fantasies with 3,4 and 5 year olds as we take on another fantastic summer at La Piazza di Carolina!

Al più presto!

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A Kid's Summer in Tuscany!

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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on Wednesday, 29 December 2010
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Italian Language Vacation for Families

Italian language, Culture, and Gastronomy

In the beautiful Tuscan country side

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Italian Camp for Children 3 and up

Caffè Italiano Club for children: 15 hr/wk– Italian made fun through singing, cooking, art, horseback riding, swimming, and more!  Carolina Gengo Di Domenico, Director and Founder of La Piazza di Carolina, is New York’s premier Italian teacher.

$400/week early registration

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Arcobaleno

Posted by Anna
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on Monday, 26 July 2010
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L'arcobaleno!

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Oggi abbiamo insegnato ai bambini i colori dell'arcobaleno: rosso, arancione, giallo, verde, blu, indaco, e viola. Ogni bambino ha colorato le forme in colori diversi. Per esempio, c'era un quadro con "verde" scritto dentro, poi un triangolo con "rosso" scritto dentro, eccetera. Dopo un po' di tempo libero, abbiamo cantato la canzone di apertura: "Buon Giorno Bambini". Poi, abbiamo cantato la canzone dei numeri per fare la pratica dei numeri. Dopo, abbiamo introdotto la canzone dei colori: "Coloriamo". Abbiamo anche letto un libro dei colori.

 

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A tutta velocita'!

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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on Saturday, 24 July 2010
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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.

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L'ultimo giorno a Yorktown Heights

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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Friday was our last day of Italian Camp in Yorktown Heights. So we decided to have a celebration - an Italian Carnevale celebration to be more specific.

In Italia children celebrate Carnevale (usually held in February right before Lent) by dressing up in costumi (costumes) and maschere (masks) much like American children do for Halloween.carnevalebambini

They sing and dance and throw coriandoli (confetti) and stelle filanti (like ticker tape or flying ribbons/stars), and eat dolci (sweets).

Although our campers did not come to camp in costume, they did make masks and painted pictures of pagliacci (clowns). All the bambine (girls) were fate (fairies) and the bambini (boys) were conigli (bunnies).maschere

Once we had our maschere, coriandoli, e stelle filanti,  we danced and sang to a wonderful Carnevale song called "Carnevale eccola qua'." We filmed a video but I can't seem to upload it onto Youtube. I'll keep trying though.

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Pioggia Pioggia Vattene Via!

Posted by Anna
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Today marked the first day of the second session of the Italian Camp, this time set in La Piazza di Carolina in Yonkers. It was exciting to have a new group of children eager to begin learning the Italian language. This group is younger- the children are all between 2 and 4 years old so we are modifying the lessons as we go along to make sure they are at an appropriate level for the children. A few had already been exposed to the language and had taken various classes offered by La Piazza di Carolina so I was interested to see what they had retained from those experiences. We started the day off by decorating red and green folders with pictures and stamps of places and famous buildings all around Italy. We then did circolo where we sang the "Buon Giorno" song to each child. We had the campers choose uova or bastoncini (types of maracas) to use as they sang. There were various colors of the instruments to choose from so the children learned the different colors in Italian: rosso, verde, blu, azzurro, rosa, and viola. The song is sang to the tune of the "Happy Birthday" song:

Buon giorno bambini

Buon giorno bambini

Buon giorno bambini

Buon giorno a voi!

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Ai bambini piacciono gli insetti

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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on Sunday, 18 July 2010
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Gli insetti sono sicuramente parte dell'estate. Allora ci propongono un'occasione opportuna di fare una lezione. Giovedi' allora, abbiamo introdotto diversi tipi d'insetti: la farfalla, il bruco, l'ape, la coccinella, la cavalletta, e il ragno. "Quante gambe ha il ragno?" abbiamo proposto ai bambini. "Come fa l'ape?" era un'altra domanda, con la risposta dandoci l'occasione di introdurre la parola, "ronzare" (to buzz). Poi, c'e' la discussione della farfalla e il suo ciclo: dal uovo al bruco alla crisalide alla farfalla.

Adoperiamo sempre la canzone nel nostro insegnamento, e sappiamo che c'e' un sacco di canzoni che si trattono degli insetti. Alcune delle nostre preferite sono: "Il piccolo ragnetto," e "Farfallina."

Qui vediamo Carolina insegnando i bambini la canzoncina "Il piccolo ragnetto" con i gesti.

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La Frutta

Posted by Anna
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Wednesday we talked about la frutta! The children started off by doing a coloring page of pictures of fruits labeled with its name in Italian.

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Then we passed around plastic fruit toys and had each child repeat the name of the fruit in Italian. We talked about la fragola (strawberry), la ciliegia (cherry), la pera (pear), la mela (apple), la banana (banana), l'uva (grape), la susina (plum), l'anguria/cocomero (watermelon), and l'arancia (orange).

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Additionally we would ask the children to say the color of the piece of fruit as well. Doing this exercise, the children learned that in the Italian language an adjective must agree with the noun it describes. For example, una fragola is rossa, as opposed to rosso, because la fragola is femminile and not maschile. Learning this very important aspect of the language brought up a different question pertaining to pronunciation. To differentiate rossa ('red' when describing a feminine noun) from rosa ('pink'), you have to make sure to pronounce that extra s in rossa. Rosa is pronounced as if the s was a soft z. The campers also learned the difference between arancia (the fruit, orange) and arancione (the color, orange).

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L'alfabeto italiano

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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Today was Italian alphabet day in Italian camp.  The children sang the alphabet song in Italian. We use the song l'abc that is on the CD Canzoni per babmini Volume 1.  We read IMPARA ALFABETO con PANDI (Dami Editore). The children practiced saying the letters out loud and listened to several words for each letter. Then we made name mobiles. We bought fun cards from the teacher store, wrote their names on it, then hung the letters of their names from the cards with string. The children colored in their own letters. We always review the lesson just before going home. Each child also received a small Italian alphabet book to take home to continue their practice.

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Italian is a phonetic language, which means that it is pronounced as it is written. Italian and English share the Latin alphabet, but the sounds represented by the letters often differ considerably in the two languages. The Italian alphabet has 21 letters compared to ours which has 26.  The letters, J, K,W, X, and Y are excluded from the Italian version. However, Italian children do learn them in school as they are used in foreign words adopted by the Italian language. Also, they have their own pronunciation:

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Buon giorno bambini!

Posted by Carolina Gengo
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on Wednesday, 07 July 2010
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Abbiamo finalmente cominciato il primo giorno di camp estivo in italiano a Yorktown Heights, un piccolo villaggio al nord della contea di Westchester a New York. E' il primo anno che portiamo il programma a Yorktown. Abbiamo sempre la sede a Yonkers, ma quest'anno abbiamo anche portato le classi d'italiano per bambini al nord perche c'e' una popolazione di italo-americani a Yorktown. Il programma ha avuto successo quindi avevamo anche deciso di fare il camp estivo.

Il primo giorno era un po' angosciante perche c'era chi voleva la mamma, chi voleva il biberon, e chi non voleva entrare. Pero come al solito, dopo quindici minuti le lacrime si sono smesse, e tutto si' e' calmato.

Per il primo giorno abbiamo fatto "una gita in Italia."  Per primo era necessario prendere il passaporto, quindi "abbiamo compilato i moduli appropriati."  Dopo, i bambini hanno conosciuto la carta geografica d'Italia, e hanno imparato dire "Italia." Poi, ciascuno ha creato la bandiera italiana e imparato dire i tre colori, "verde, bianco, rosso."

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Infine hanno finito con un ricordino dall'Italia, cioe'  una colanna fatta della pasta dipinta in verde, bianco e rosso. making_la_colanna_di_pasta

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