It is true, I dont speak Italian very well. But we had a blast discovering a new language today. Below are some of the activities we completed today as we started out on our Italian adventure. I had a friend email me today and asked WHY I did these "units" with my kids. I know in the middle of her email she was not asking me this question with ill-intent, but while I was responding I kind of felt like I was justifying my summer plans, and I didnt like that. I hope to simply offer my kids a chance to expand their horizons, to think outside the box, to step away from the computer and tv, to stir their imagination and foster their creativity. Thats it and it may look different for each us when we do things with our kids. My kids happen to enjoy our theme weeks during the summer, they are apart of every aspect of the planning phase and the execution phase. We as a family enjoy learning and growing our minds to include other cultures, other countries, and new horizons, we hope you enjoy the journey we are on.
Today we looked at the globe and found Italy, identified surrounding countries and bodies of water. We talked about the "boot" we were looking at and then we looked through the encylopedia and read about Italy and touched on some historical aspects of the country. The kids then found the flag in the book and colored their own Italian flag. (I guess we could have just turned on the World Cup, lol).
Here are a few finds on the computer that helped us with learning the sounds of the Italian language.
Here is a matching sheet we did as we practiced saying our colors in Italian today.. The kids cut the words out and then matched them, we played against each other in a race format to see who could properly identify and match their English color words with the Italian color words.
(note: the colors dont match right to left with the Italian/English words)