No classes or field trips this week, but this week we're celebrating an Italian holiday.
Read through the fireworks and choose five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.
Do some quilling: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quilling
Make some traditional Italian holiday food.
Make an edible map of Italy, using brownies, Jell-o, cake, cookies, or mashed potatoes, etc.
Make and decorate an Italian Ceppo: http://www.italiansrus.com/articles/ceppo.htm
Sing “Buon Natale” https://youtu.be/hqOKOrOLL3A
Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223 at Greccio, central Italy, in an attempt to place the emphasis of Christmas upon the worship of Christ rather than upon secular materialism and gift giving. Make your own “presepio.”
Experiment with making boxes and other packages for holiday gifts.
Work on your genius project.
Listen to an Italian songs and identify which instrument are playing.
Create an Italian village with restaurant, clothier, art studio, etc. You can use large boxes, or make a small-scale village out of paper. You can get a free program for printing the village at: http://www.yourchildlearns.com/village.htm .
Learn an Italian folk dance.
Play some math games.
Read books (fiction or non-fiction) about Italy.
Here in America, we like to wish our friends a “Merry Christmas.” In Italy, people say, “Buon Natale,” which literally means, “Good Christmas.” What are the Christmas greetings used in other countries, and what do they mean?
Read the story of La Befana. Tell someone the story of La Befana. Make up and write a story about a child in Italy waiting for La Befana to come.
The "Urn of Fate" is part of the Christmas celebrations in many Italian households. The Urn of Fate is brought out on Christmas Eve. It holds a wrapped present for each person. Not all the packages have gifts inside – some are empty. If you get an empty one, you get to try again.
Make a holiday mosaic.
During the Christmas feast, Italian children often hide a letter in their father's napkin or under his plate promising to be good in the new year. Write a letter to your parents, explaining the ways you will be good next year. Hide the letter under a parent's plate at dinner.
Make a billboard advertising an Italian vacation; make a travel brochure to entice people to go to Italy.
Describe modern Italian entertainment.
Create a board Game with an Italian theme.
Make the flag of Italy.
Take a look at Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoration_of_the_Magi_(Leonardo) Make your own version of the visiting wise men.