A Trip to Italy

This week, my students and I traveled to Italia. We learned about the country’s culture and cuisine, as well as some words in Italian. It was a great time!

Roma, Italia 2006

Our winter session in Arts & Imagination has begun! We had two full classes this week with a total of 32 kids. On Tuesday, we had the older students (Gr 3, 4 and 5) and today, we had the younger ones (K, 1 and 2). Both groups were unique and lots of fun. Lilliana was my sous-chef in both classes.

As part of our curriculum, we are traveling all around the world together, visiting a different country each week. This week, we visited Italy and cooked up some Lasagna Rolls, Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs, Tomato and Cheese Tart and Nutella Bread! YUM!

The students were all amazing, so helpful, so energetic and so very enthusiastic. Today, the younger ones asked if they would be cooking the food themselves and if they could eat it. (So cute.) When I told them that was exactly what they were doing, their faces lit up. Their enthusiasm and love of such simple things in life is to be admired!

Nutella Swirl Bread, DELISH!

As part of our class ritual, students have to rate all the food they eat (1, not my favorite 3, good or 5, excellent) and overall, everything was between a 4 and 5. I tell you this, not because it means the food was good, but to point out that if kids are given the opportunity to cook and eat a variety of food, they will surprise you and themselves by coming back for more when they thought they weren’t even going to like it!

In our classes, we are careful with our words too so that we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. After all, each student worked hard to prepare their meal so I try to teach them to be appreciative of each others efforts.

I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to teach again this semester. It’s going to be a fun session, filled with lots of joyous memories from our trips all around the world. Now, where will we go next week?

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2 thoughts on “A Trip to Italy

  1. Ditto to Adrianna. Liz, I am so amazed at what you are doing. These children are blessed to have you in their lives. You are giving them a gift better than any package they could ever open. Their excitement is so sincere. And besides the knowledge you are “filling” their minds and bellies with, you add your values and expectations of kindness and respect for one another. Liz, you are a beautiful person and I am so glad you are sharing this gift.

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