Children’s Fabric and Cardboard Sewn Easter Eggs

Children Learning to Sew!  Easter Projects.

So, I am now back with an amazing workshop I conducted a week ago with Italian children age 4-8.  I can not express how amazing it is for me to teach sewing, especially to children.  At a young age they begin to see the beauty of creating with their own hands.  DSCN5134

Since the children are so young, and for most of the it was the first time to try hand-sewing I used embroidery needles.  Which are perfect with the big eye and not point!  And because we are so close to Easter, I decided to make oval egg shapes!

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Using boxes from our local grocery story, I began cutting out the egg shapes.  DSCN5125

I then cut a smaller egg shape, about 3/4 of an inch smaller and used an exacto knife to cut.

The inner egg shape was later used to let each child color a design.  With a large nail I made holes along the design and let them sew along their design.

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Using a lace fabric and an open net fabric I hot glued the fabric on the egg frame.  Fabric is perfect because you can stretch and make it taught on the frame.  The idea is to use it as an embroidery frame.  DSCN5129

I then trimmed off the excess fabric after attaching the fabric with the hot glue. DSCN5128I had two choices of fabrics for them to choose from.  Now they ready to have amazing designs stitched on them!

Fabric Egg

Fabric Egg

Sewing Easter Eggs

Cardboard Egg

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English in Theatre for Children- Italy

For the Summer of 2013, I thought it would be perfect for me to plan, execute, teach, and direct an English Theatre!  “English in  Theatre?”  you may ask what does this mean? 

Thinking about the “Camp Estivo” I planned, and directed last summer, I wanted to do something similar, but this time incorporating Theatre and the English language.  It was perfect for me!  I have a Master’s of Arts in Costume Technology, my professional experience has been in theater and costume for over 20 years, and English is my mother-tongue.  Therefore I knew it was a perfect plan! 

For months I researched this idea, trying to figure out if such a thing existed in Italy.  I was really happy to find some information!  Here are my top three finds:

1.  Teatro Inglese Per Bambini, Florence, Italy. 

Which contains some helpful information from a native of the United Kingdom, who is an actress and an instructor of the English language. 

2.  Super Simple Learning, Seattle, Washington (U.S.A).

I found some very helpful songs, and flashcards from this site!

3. Polly the Collie.  (Which I now see is a part of Helen Doron education system-“Didi and Polly.) The original site no longer exists, but some of the information can be accessed via the site, Didi and Polly.

I used the above sites and a few others as a starting point for writing my lesson plans.  As a part in my program I also wanted to utilize our amazing local historical theatre.  Image

After completing my bilingual script of the Wizard of Oz.  I had a meeting with our mayor to present my project.  I was given free use of a room in our church for the first month and the theatre for the second month.  I was so very excited! 

So I set a sign-up deadline, spoke with local parents and waited.  A few days before the deadline I was getting concerned, only three children had signed up! 

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The weekend before we were to begin, I was contacted by other parents letting me know they were planning to bring their children.  On our first day, we had 19 children!  Which was wonderful.  But as our days continued so did our enrollment.  By our second week, we had 30 plus enrollment from the age range of 3 to 10 years old. 

It was wonderful but I had to revise my lesson plans, and I had to change the Wizard of Oz, (not many children in Italy are familiar with it) I had to change it to a story every Italian child would be familiar with, so for our show we would be doing Little Red Riding Hood! 

My favourite part of starting on a new project is the beginning research part!  For this reason I have fallen in love with Pinterest, it is great for gathering visual from around the web!  I began a Wizard of Oz board, then later, Little Red Riding Hood.  Click on each to take a look at my images!

My adventure and story continues…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

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

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