Thursday, January 17, 2013

Country Study: Italy

Buon giorno!  I know it's been a while and I apologize.  We have been busy, but not busy blogging.  I will try to do better.  Today, we had another country study with our homeschooling co-op group, Home Scholars, and I decided to share with you the cute dioramas we made.  Here are some photos from today's meeting.
For every country study, we have a potluck, with each parent bringing in a dish native to the country we're learning about.  Here is today's spread, complete with spaghetti and bruschetta!
We also had the Italian flag in veggies!
 Our contribution was this Panzanella Salad, complete with Italian Castelvetrano green olives!  I was really pleased with the taste!  Here is the link for the recipe ...
And, of course what's an Italian feast without Tiramisu ...
 ... and Italian Wedding Cookies?  The food was so good!
It's always a collaboration for our "share table."  Here, we displayed books on Italy, seed maps, personal vacation photos, models of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and even an Italian boot! 
 Here is Maggie, with her best buddy, Olivia, eating their Italian lunch!  (How do you like the tiara?)  :)
After lunch, we learned more about Italy, and read some stories ...
 ... including this one, Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer.
After our circle time, we set to work on our craft ... a gondola diorama!  For the gondola template, we used the one at, which is pictured here.
Then, once our gondolas were made, we set them in Italian waterfront scenes we made in shoeboxes.  Here is one, with blue tissue paper for the water. 
 A similar one, using a gondolier picture found on Google search, complete with a wooden skewer for an oar!  Too cute!  (I love seeing what my fellow homeschooling moms come up with!)
 Here is one where the child drew the Leaning Tower of Pisa as the backdrop.
 Here's my Mags, placing the "water" in her diorama.  We used a piece of scrapbooking paper with a preprinted Italian scene as our backdrop. 
Here is Maggie's diorama, complete!  (Our plan was to go home and add a gondolier!  A boat can't steer itself!)   :)
 Finally, to wrap up our event, we got our passports stamped!  It was a fun meeting, as usual!
 Until next time, ciao!

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