Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Johnny B. Goode

Hi, everyone!

Thanks to Caterina, who is learning to play this beautiful song by Chuck Berry on her guitar, we watched this video today, taken from the film "Back to the Future", starring Michael J.Fox

Click on the guitar to print the song lyrics:

La guerra di Piero

Hello, everyone.
We read a poem taken from the great song by the Italian singer and songwriter Fabrizio De André at school last week. Listen to the song and sing along:

Click the poppy if you want to print the song lyrics:

Clare - the Witch

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Our new friends from INTERCULTURA - AFS

Hello, everyone!
   This week we met new interesting friends, coming from different countries of the world:

They are attending the school year in the south of Italy through the association INTERCULTURA, but they spent this week in Saronno. 

On Wednesday afternoon they came to our school, Pizzigoni Primary School, and met the children of the fifth year, who interviewed them and made posters and wrote essays about this experience.
This is what we did:

Intercultura AFS

More PowerPoint presentations from Chiara Mantegazza

The children enjoyed this afternoon very much: they were really very excited and happy to meet the foreign students and asked them many questions.

This experience was emotionally powerful and helped the children to think about prejudices and sterotypes and to try to overcome them.
                     Intercultura is looking for hosting families for the next school year: have a look at their site http://www.intercultura.it/Homepage/  - having a brother or sister coming from the other side of the world is bound to be an exciting experience for your children!
And don't worry about your house: if Ian, from Guatemala, put up with living in my witch's cavern, your house will surely be OK!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Oh Freedom

Hi, everyone!

   This week we talked about slavery in America and about the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution for the abolition of slavery, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1865; we watched this video and listened to the spiritual "Freedom":

"We shall overcome!"
President Lyndon Johnson (1965)

Then we talked about racial discrimination and Martin Luther King, about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin and we watched this video:

“…all men are created equal.”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Martin Luther King (1963)

We discussed a lot about these topics and some of you want to read books and watch films about them now! I'm glad you're interested in this subject.

Clare - the Witch