Monday, 29 July 2013

Italy

After France, we popped on over to Italy.  A small country with very well known cuisine!  This week we set up a pizzeria in the dramatic play area.  I created pizza and pasta menu's for the children to take orders from and we set up a delivery system.  The dramatic play area was very well used this week!

I'm sorry for the lack of pictures this week... I was too busy ordering pizza ;)!  We made the really cute chef hats in the pictures.  Other fun activities for Italian week is setting up a pasta factory with a table top stove, pots, utensils, plates and cooked pasta for the children to use as a sensory/dramatic play activity.  Crafts for Italy include pasta collages, pasta necklaces, a gondola, and making a paper pizza.

Charlotte Diamond has the English version of Je Suis Une Pizza as well so we enjoyed listening and singing I Am A Pizza and an old favourite is always On Top of Spaghetti.

We listened to the story Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola and a tale Strega Nona tells Tomie.

We also made our own individual pizzas for lunch on Friday.... YUM!




Sunday, 21 July 2013

France

We boarded the plane and jetted off to the most romantic city on the planet... Paris.  While there, we made a stop at the Eiffel Tower.

 
 
 
We made berets for craft.
 
Each child will need two pieces of felt.  Cut one to fit the child's head.
 
Place one piece on top of the other and trim the corners.

 
Use a glue gun (or sew) the pieces around the edges.
Poke a hole in the centre and add a piece of wool for the tassel.


The children had so much fun donning their berets while serving in our café.


 
One of our favourite children's artists, Charlotte Diamond, has French cd's with great children's songs.  You can view Je Suis Une Pizza and 'Y A Un Chat on You Tube.
 
 
 
 


Friday, 12 July 2013

Journal Pages

I created these pages for the children to journal what they've learned about the various countries we will be exploring over the summer.  I hope that you find them helpful!


Monday, 8 July 2013

Canada

This summer our theme is 'Around the World in 30 Days'.  We will be exploring various countries around the world and sampling some traditional cuisine.

We started our journey last week in our home and native land, Canada.  Kidzone has information and printables for every province and territory.

One of our favourite songs about Canada is C-A-N-A-D-A by Raffi.  Michael Mitchell is another favourite Canadian children's singer/songwriter.  Enjoy I've Got Canada In My Pocket and learn a little about the history of Canadian coins.

Many animals make Canada their home and are associated with Canada.  We discussed beavers, the Canada goose, and of course moose.  Visit Robert Munsch's website to listen to the story Moose.  As an FYI - if you read the blurb about the story, he first told it in Geraldton... my home town!!!!  Take a gander at a map and you will see that I am truly a Northern Ontario gal ;).  Enjoy the Ontario theme song.   

After listening to the Moose story, we made paper bag moose puppets.



Bannock is a traditional aboriginal recipe.  We created this version and as you can see from the pictures, it was a big hit with the children!


 

Come back next week to visit France with us!