Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Little Nino's Pizzeria

Our most recent FIAR read was Little Nino's Pizzeria by Karen Barbour (Volume 3).  This was our third book of three in a row that I made part of our study on Italy.  (The first two were Papa Piccolo and The Clown of God.)  Although it wasn't my favorite of the three, this book opened up the opportunity for us to do an art study on Henri Matisse, which I had been hoping to add in this year. Booklist's synopsis of this book reads, "This exuberant picture book tells the story of Tony, a little boy who helps his father in the family pizzeria.  The scenes are full of visually boisterous activity, with under-pinnings of humorous detail and a clear sense of family closeness so important to the story.  A decidedly fresh-looking book."  
Although there are many Italian elements to this book, we decided its likely setting was New York (though we are never told).  We colored our story disk and placed it on New York with our other disks from that region.
This book gave us the opportunity to talk about family relationships, family businesses, the homeless, and the matter of money when it comes to happiness.  I really liked the Bible supplement that went along with these concepts in the FIAR manual.

One of the things that sticks out the most about Little Nino's Pizzeria is its vivid, full-color illustrations.  The manual compares the images to that of Henri Matisse.  This was an excellent opportunity to study him a bit more in depth.  To do that, we read Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists' Henri Matisse by Mike Venezia ...
... pages 70-73 (about Matisse) of The Usborne Book of Famous Artists by Ruth Brocklehurst, Rosie Dickins, and Abigail Wheatley ...
 ... and pages 50-53 of Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull (also about Matisse).
We studied his famous "Harmony in Red" painting on pages 50-51 of The Usborne Book of Famous Paintings ...
... "The Snail" on pages 1 and 2 of Usborne's Life-the-flap Art ...
... and "The Sorrows of the King" on pages 40-41 of The Usborne Art Treasury by Rosie Dickins.
Once we had finished our study of Matisse, it was time to replicate some artwork of his using our "The Red Studio" art kit by Master Kitz.
Here, Maggie is painting the red background of the painting.
 Next, we used oil pastel and a stencil on the red background followed by stickers that Maggie embellished with paint markers.
 The end result is awesome!  We love these kits!
 It looks so good!
 Against the cover of the book, you can see why the manual suggested we compare artists.
We thought it would be fun to do the bar graphing activity we found at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/little_ninos_pizzeria.php, which required us to interview ten people on their favorite pizza toppings and graph the results.  Cheese was the clear winner with pepperoni in second and mushrooms following close behind.
We also read Piece=Part=Portion: Fractions=Decimals=Percents by Scott Gifford.
Also from http://www.homeschoolshare.com/little_ninos_pizzeria.php, we completed this pizza fractions activity where she had to cut and paste the pizza pictures under the correct fraction named.
Then it was time to talk food!  We looked up the Italian food in Usborne's 1000 Things to Eat (page 23).
Then, using some more of the fun printables at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/little_ninos_pizzeria.php, "Little Maggie's Pizzeria" was in business!
 She took our pizza orders ...
 ... then got right to work preparing our food!
 Chef Maggie!
 Ready to bake!
 For this occasion, I had bought these Italian Limoncellino sodas for us to drink.  (She was so cute offering one to Daddy with his order!) 
 Her pizza was delicious!
After our meal, using page 21 our of our Understanding Text: Passports workbook ("Let's Make a Pizza"), she critiqued her food.
This we added to her lapbook.
This lapbook was the culmination of three FIAR studies (Papa Piccolo at http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2016/09/papa-piccolo.htmlThe Clown of God at  http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-clown-of-god.html, and this one).  After this row, we were finally able to finish putting it all together.
 We love lapbooks!
Arriverderci, Italia!

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