Our Italian School Program & More
Children in all age groups will learn the Italian language through listening, responding, working on Italian activities on a daily basis, and simply living the Italian way of life! Music, Art, Theatre, Science, Math, Literature, and more-all will play a role here at school.
8:00 am- Children Arrive between 8-9 am.
9:00 am: Snack, getting settled
9:15 am: Welcome Song in Italian & English
Numbers, Days of the Week, Alphabet, Colors,Music
9:45 am: Indoor Project Time
Child Directed Italian/English Activities
Legos, Blocks, Puzzles, other Fine Motor Activities, Dramatic Play, Music, Art, Reading
11:00 am Outdoor Project Time
Teacher Directed Italian/English Activities
Art in the Park, Puppet Shows, Learning about the Environment, Gross Motor Play
Noon: Lunch/Italian Lunch Dialogue/Part-time Children Depart
Manners, Italian foods, Italian words for eating utensils, etc. We will dine outside in our "piazza" or in the park on beautiful days.
- KINDERGARTEN is daily from 8-12
12:00 p.m-2:30 p.m. Quiet time
2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Snack
3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Outside time
3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m Italian Activities and Dopo-Scuola children arrive, and begin Italian Studies.......
5:30 p.m. Extended Day/Dopo-Scuola children depart
We will be using the, “Teach Me Italian” workbooks, along with other resources. No need to purchase. We will also be using coloring sheets regarding art, music, culture and the geography of Italy, in the classroom. Mostly, we will be “living” and experiencing the activities. No, we don't have a huge "playground"! We have a park, and a piazza! A world of imagination will happen, because we are allowing the child's mind and spirit to move them. They don't "need" the externals to climb on, although we do have a small fenced little area with a slide, an airplane see-saw, and a garden casa. They have their minds. They will run, and jump, and play ball, or just sit quietly, and contemplate the world in front of them, or inside of them. ANY school can have a huge "commercial" playground to climb on. We have our imaginations, a small-safe playground, and a beautiful park!
We will be singing in Italian, as well as learning the art, music, geography, history and heritage of Italy.
Children in attendance will be very well prepared for kindergarten. We will exceed the standards set by the state in regard to entering kindergarten/First Grade.They will also be bi-lingual! The more time spent with us, the better prepared they will become. Our Italian language instructors will work along-side our English speaking teachers, and parents to provide a seamless learning experience for your child. We will also offer kindergarten fall 2011. Call now.
Spring/Summer/Winter Break/School Holiday Drop In & Dopo-Scuola Information
The time from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. will be our “quiet” time. Napping is NOT forced, but quiet rest is encouraged. Older children may simply read, just rest quietly, or choose to do a quiet activity.
At 2:30 p.m. Children will wash up for snack. Those remaining after quiet time has ended, will enjoy outside activities, language activities, and cultural workshops. Dopo-Scuola children who arrive by 3:30 p.m.will also be given a snack, and have the opportunity to work on homework from their “other” school as well.
At 4:15 p.m., the children in the Dopo-Scuola will begin work with their Italian language Instructor. The instructors will meet and greet all children in Italian and English. These children should stay until at least 5:30 p.m. in order to gain all that is offered from the program.
All children regardless of age, or time spent with us, will all have the same access to our Reggio Emilia programming, and Italian language and culture classes.
All programming is age-appropriate. Although we believe in "mixed- age" groups being together, we certainly do not have our younger children using the same curriculum as the older students. All curriculum is well thought out, and planned with the children's best interest, and learning in mind! This is why we are so lucky to have such a wonderful student/teacher ratio-the children's needs are always being met.