Italian students in our preschool—K class study the volcanoes of Italy, learning about the two most famous: Etna in Sicily and Vesuvio in Campania.
Created in partnership with Casa Italiana and the Italian Embassy in DC, our Italian program is immersive and grounded in the Montessori approach. At each level the curriculum uses innovative Montessori materials and a rich array of Italian books, songs, and videos.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes practice Italian through role-playing activities and conversation exercises. As lesson groups are kept small, each student receives individual attention and is able to fully participate in every lesson.
Classes are designed to joyfully engage students and motivate them to build their Italian language skills. Alongside vocabulary lessons and grammar exercises, students learn about Italian culture, geography, culinary traditions, and more!
Following her passion for Italian, Fiorenza joined the OFS World Language program in 2019. A native Italian speaker, she leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced language classes at Oneness-Family School.
The 1st-3rd grade Italian class celebrated Mother's Day today, reading poems about mothers and discussing all the way mothers show love. Buona festa della mamma!
In their language studies this week, students practiced their descriptive vocabulary with the Italian version of the game “Guess Who,” learned about the spring holidays celebrated in Italy, and put together sentences related to spring (“primavera”) and Easter (“Pasqua”).
To celebrate the advent of spring in Italian class, our kindergarten students assembled paper cherry blossoms (alberi di ciliegi in fiore) while our 3rd-5th grade students learned about Italian artists who celebrated springtime in their work, including Sandro Botticelli, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and Antonio Vivaldi.
Although St. Patrick's Day is not traditionally celebrated in Italy, our Italian students still learned some festive vocabulary to celebrate!
Carnevale in Italy, known in the U.S. as Carnival or Mardi Gras, takes place in the weeks leading up to Easter. Italians celebrate Carnevale with a huge winter festival marked by parades, masquerade balls, music, and parties. Our Italian students celebrated Carnevale by exploring the different costume and mask traditions throughout Italy—and then were inspired to create their own masks!
Students enjoyed using some new winter-themed vocabulary this week, including "neve" (snow), "inverno" (winter), and "pupazzo di neve" (snowman)!
Our 1st—3rd grade Italian students celebrated Giornata Internazionale Della Pace (International Peace Day) this week, learning how to say peace (pace), dove (colomba), recite the colors of the Peace Flag (bandiera della pace), and how to wish all children around the world a peaceful future.