Monday, January 17, 2011

Ciao amici

Hello friends!

We began studying Italy before Christmas, but didn't get through a few of the activities I had planned, so we picked it up again when we started back.   

We do one country per week, which may seem like much for a Kindergartner, but we really do just a basic overview (country facts, flag, continent and map location, some language and customs and we choose a  missionary from the area to pray for.) 

I don't have pictures of everything, but these are a couple things we did:

*  We learned about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, so we tried to create one using magic nuudles.  
 Our nuudles started to disintegrate (I think some had been used before), so our tower turned into Mt Vesuvius.  We are nothing if not resourceful! 
 *  We also learned about Michelangelo and how it took him 4 years, lying on his back, to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  We taped paper to the bottom of our school table (Off topic, I just noticed how poorly finished the paint job is on our IKEA table.  I guess no one really cares what it looks like underneath.) to act as our "ceiling".
Our little Michelangelo (still in her jammies, so overlook her attire) got to work. 

 Her semi-finished work.  It was the first day she started Daisy Scouts, so with that being the main focus of her little brain that day, she was painting the DS emblem. 

* At Cedar Brook (our umbrella school) the kids have a world geography class that uses Flat Stanley ( to teach about different countries.  The kids made their own Flat Stanley and then they can do reports on places that he visits.  Well, one of our Flat Stanleys (who was never a "Stanley", by the way - that's a boy you know.  As if! Speaking of which, we have a whole family of Flats.  We are like the Duggars of the Flat Stanley world.  I will have to do a separate post with all of them. It's a site to behold, really.), is currently visiting Heather Keaton (  - Thanks again, Heather and James, for being so gracious to host our Flat Emily.) in Naples, Italy!  Julianna and I have decided that we would like to be Flat Julianna and Flat Kelly and be able to mail ourselves around the world on adventures.  Here is a picture of them at the post office when we were sending Flat Emily off on her travels.  I can't wait to post about her escapades! 


Moni-Q said...

Fun! I loved the painting idea. Julianna has such a good teacher.

JessicaH. said...

I love the Michaelangelo painting idea! Awesome :)