Camp Estivo!!!

I hold a Master’s of Fine Arts, previously I have taught in a University level (draping class in the Fashion Department).  As an American girl growing up in a small Texas town,  I grew-up with Girl Scout Camp.  Now looking at the town in which my our two boys are growing-up I see it  is completely different.  All we have is a park with a slide, some swings, and a see-saw.  For some reason this park always seems to be dirty with trash, or dead birds (as my oldest found twice last year)!

At the beginning of the school year I began researching lesson plans, and reading as many books on education and homeschooling.  I felt my oldest was lagging a bit, so I began to have mini classes with him in the weekends.  Before I knew it , I now have files on lesson plans, activities, etc. on every subject.

With the summer break arriving soon, I wanted to make sure my boys had an exciting, educative summer (the oldest is not six and the youngest two and a half.)  Taking into consideration all we have available in our town is the ‘Park’.  I took it into my own hands to plan a ‘Camp Estivo’ a summer camp for the children of our community!  I thought it would be something nice for the parents as well as the children of our town!

It took some time being that I was doing it all on my own, and all the expenses were out of my pocket.  I also struggle with the issue of the language.  It was sometimes frustrating talking and doing things with the children when on the spot I wanted to say it in English.  All my lesson plans and activities were first drafted in English, I then translated it into Italian. But in the end all my work, and all my expenses were definitely worth it  for the children of our community to learn something, enjoy time together, and enjoy their summer break!

Here is my program or syllabus:

Camp Estivo 2012

LUGLIO 4 – AGOSTO 22 (9:30 – 11:30am)

Prima Settimana- Luglio 4 Mercoled

Arte

L’oceano/mare e gli animali

Dove ci incontriamo: Parco

Seconda Settimana- Luglio 11 Mercoled

Tour- Museo di Storia del Calcolo “Mateureka”

Matematica

Dove ci incontriamo: Museo di Storia del Calcolo

 Terza Settimana- Luglio 18 Mercoled

Inglese

Leggo un libro -Usando le parole in inglese e italiano . Lavorare con le parole.

Dove ci incontriamo: Caffe’ Della Nina

Quarta Settimana- Luglio 28 Sabato

Tour- Parco Naturale Sasso Simone e Simoncello

Animali- Creazione di animali con articoli trovati

Dove ci incontriamo : Parco Naturale Sasso Simone….

Quinta Settimana- Luglio 31 Marted

Tour- Church

Costruire una chiesa miniture, o disegnare e dipingere.

Dove ci incontriamo: La Cattedrale di Pennabilli

Sesta Settimana- Agosto 8 Mercoled

Musica

La lettera e colori.

Dove ci incontriamo : Parco

Settima Settimana- Agosto 15 Mercoled

Tour- Il Teatro Vittoria

Maschere italiane- conoscere melio il Carnevale.

(Ariecchino,Pucinella….) Fai la tua propria maschera.

Dove ci incontriamo: Teatro Vittoria

Ottava Settimana- Agosto 22 Mercoled

All’aperto- Parco

Costruire e progettare un aquilone.

Dove ci incontriamo: Parco

Partire da un anno e mezzo fino a cinque anni

I fornire gli elementi da utilizzare se non notificate prima sessione.

Io sarò lì ogni incontro seconda del numero di bambini che frequenta

e si sono certamente i benvenuti con il vostro bambino, o se ho un’altra madre per aiutare i bambini possono essere

lasciati con noi ad ascoltare, creare e giocare!

Orario- 9:30- 11:30

Per favore fatemi sapere entro il 25 Giugno se il vostro bambino sarà presente e che settimana saranno presenti. Si prega di notare, ogni bambino è invitato a partecipare ad uno o alcuni degli settimana avrei solo bisogno di sapere che per avere i materiali pronti per ogni bambino.

Tutti incontro sono ad ingresso libero.

PER GLI INCONTRO E’NECESSARIO ISCRIVERSI!

Now, since at the time I was also working on my own projects, I could only allow myself to conduct the meetings  once a week in the morning.  Each meeting focused on a different subject each session would begin with a presentation of the subject followed by a hands own activity.  I utilized local locations in our community!  I was surprised that many of the children who have grown-up here had not visited some of the museums in town.

First Meeting Focused on Art and the Ocean/Sea animals Collage. It was held in the park each child created their own collage using plates as the canvas!

My son's collage.

My son’s collage.

I was so very happy with the outcome and to see the enjoyment of my boys and their friends!

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The Four Seasons- Le Quattro Stagioni

Our walk to my son’s school in the morning is a pleasant ten minute walk!  On the way we love to look at the trees and the leaves that have fallen.  My five and a half-year old continues to ask me when summer arrives, or what season are we in.  I decided to have a day lesson of the Four Seasons!

Le Quattro Stagioni

We then spoke of the cycle of the seasons.  I first speak in English, then say the same thing in Italian.  My son is at school most of the day, so at this point when he learns something new, such as the seasons, he is more comfortable speaking about it in Italian.  When I speak to him about the same topic I speak to him in English first then reiterate it in Italian.

We then spoke of each of the seasons as in “The Seasons” PDF:

The Seasons

Identifying items in Italian and English.  We then drew the items or visuals and attached them on our board in the appropriate season!

Here is our board:

I made sure to also include my two year old!

Hope you have as much fun with the seasons as we did!!

Italian Anyone??

My mother and I were always active from Kindergarten to High School.  I always knew I would one day become a mother, and now I am a mother of two amazing boys.

But, I have been struggling to be active in my child’s school.  What’s the problem one may ask?  I live in the country-side of Italy.  My struggles only  begin with the language.

Arriving here only speaking english and spanish, and not knowing anyone only made me want to hide-out.  Now I have realized I need to be more open and and completely re-learn everything not only in a new language but also in a completely different society half-way around the world.

I have begun to quasi-home-school my boys.  I do not have an education background (my Master’s is in fine arts as a costume technologist)  so I have begun to study and learn on-line.  I love how much information is available on-line and most of the information is pretty budget friendly!

Did I mention that in our home we only speak English, or we try to, now that our oldest is almost six years old he uses a English-Italian slang.

My lesson plans began in English, then I realized they also needed to be in Italian.  In Italy most children attend an Asilo, which is almost like a pre-school at the age of three.  It really surprised me how easy it is for our boys to fluently speak both languages, sometimes it seems to be so much more difficult for me.  When my oldest began Asilo I was so worried for him, previous we had only spoken English at home, once he began going all day, he began speaking fluent Italian.

This past summer I decided to organize and run a first every “Camp” for the children of our town!  It was very enjoyable but very challenging for me.  Recently we tried to have our second annual Halloween party, I grew-up celebrating Halloween and even though it is not celebrated to extent I am use to, I want to make sure our boys grow up celebrating it! (Take a stroll through our town.)   Unfortunately because of weather, we had to reschedule and later cancel it this year.

In my posts I would like to share my experiences with others, I would also like to provide free worksheets, activities, etc.
Here’s the first of many!  Take a look!  Pumpkin/Zucca anyone?

Where the road leads you…

and where you arrive.

Thinking about my life, I had always felt to be a pretty adaptable person.  Almost six years ago I arrived in Italy without speaking a lick of Italian.

“I was born and raised in Texas”, (saying this with a Texas accent).

ImageI originally began writing of this adventure on another blog platform.  Now for several reasons I began writing it again, but here!

Take a look of my first post here.

This time I plan to use it more as a diary, provided information about activities, and even post PDF downloads!

For those loyal readers here I am now, for the new readers, welcome and enjoy!!

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I am a Texas Gal who lives in the country-side of Italy.

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