Celebrate Christmas in Italy, exploring Italian traditions!
Includes a full lesson with easy instructions for teachers to follow, as well as an art project!
ITALY: Christmas Traditions (21 pages total) includes the following lessons:
December 8 – Presepe
December 25 – Christmas Day
January 6 – Epiphany
La Befana Stocking (art project)
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This is part of a bundled unit called Celebrations Around the World!
which features celebrations in 5 countries: Italy, India, Turkey, Japan, and South Africa!
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We feel that we live in a time of unprecedented interconnectedness between people of widely different cultural backgrounds. Learning how to communicate across cultures by showing understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences is more important than ever. Our goal is to expose young children to the world to make lifelong differences in how they view others who may not necessarily look or sound like they do. Helping to increase tolerance and understanding is a passion of ours!
We have been teaching young kids in our local area about cultures around the world for several years, and we just love seeing the looks on their faces as they learn! Even young children are capable of learning so much! We started in our own school, but other schools have asked us to present our program in theirs as well. We have been doing this for the last few years.
Our approach is a bit different. We travel a lot, and we try to reflect many of our experiences in our lessons to make them as authentic as possible. Our lessons typically include a craft or an interactive activity that supports it. In this way, kids are having so much fun, they do not realize they are learning about things that are quite in depth!
Our flagship program has always presented an entire week with a focus on one country for schools, usually during the week after yearly testing. Our feedback has been really positive, so we are now just putting certain lessons on TPT. Be on the lookout for all of them in the near future! We have curricula on Japan, India, Italy, South Africa, and Mexico already completed.
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"In my nearly 30-year career in education, I have never seen children so engaged in their learning! International Travel Academy is truly a multi-disciplinary approach that enables children to explore the world in an unforgettable way. Students get a real sense of what it means to respect another country’s heritage, beliefs and ways of living, thus making them more tolerant and internationally-minded. I highly recommend this program to educators and parents wishing to make learning come to life!"
– A Former Assistant Superintendent at Atlanta Public Schools
“(The five-day program) has given our school the unique opportunity to provide students with incredible experiences that align so well with our IB focus. Each spring with family and community support, our school essentially is transformed into our country of study for one full week. Teachers are easily able to follow the daily curriculum and activities provided, and the students truly enjoy this special week of instruction. From the art projects to festive food tastings, cultural dress, music, dance and traditions, the students spend this entire week engaged in new and exciting experiences of a new country. I would encourage all schools (IB, or not) to jump in and make a week like this happen for their students. It is incredibly gratifying to spend this week with kids as they come together to learn and share experiences like these across grade levels, school-wide. When we hear such rich discussion in classrooms and read their detailed writing about what they've learned as part of (the) week, it makes all the preparation, planning and expense totally worth it!! “
– An International Baccalaureate Instructional Specialist at a local elementary school
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