Collina Italiana is an Italian Language and Cultural Center that offers different programs through which children learn the language in a playful environment.
This year-round kids' program offers comprehensive language learning and hands-on instruction in the arts to children from ages 2-5. In Girontondo ("Circle") an experienced instructor provides opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play and activities: games, songs, dances, story telling, and film (Disney movies in Italian). Participation in multiple arts and crafts projects also reinforces the children's Italian language skills. Lastly, La Merenda (snack time) allows children the opportunity to converse on food routines in Italiano.
Children are placed in groups (max. 7 children) according to age. Girotondo classes require the presence of a parent or caregiver.
GIARDINO DEI BAMBINI
Giardino dei Bambini is a morning drop-off playgroup at CI for kids ages 2-5. Children may join in on the fun every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12 on an as needed basis. Experienced instructors provide multiple opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play, while learning important socialization skills. The program offers language learning through games, activities, songs, dance, theater, and hands-on creativity (art projects).
Note: Space is limited. 24-hour advance reservation is required.
HOMEWORK HELP in Italiano
Tutoring / Group and Private Classes
Collina Italiana is continuing its work with American children and teens, enrolled at Italian school or in Italian programs, who desire homework help in Italiano in all subjects. CI addresses the needs of many Italian students in New York who seek reading, grammar, writing, and pronunciation support in English. CI's goal is to successfully reinforce a student's bi-lingual education. Private and semi-private tutoring in both Italian and English are forming. Please inquire.
TEATRO ITALIANO: MAKE AN ITALIAN SHOW!
How many stories have you recounted to your children? How many times have you seen your young child enthralled by a story and even perform in their rooms? TEATRO ITALIANO for children transforms those stories by bringing them to the stage for a real audience.
The students, with teacher guidance, create a play, including the costumes and songs. Children also learn pronunciation and Italian vocabulary, idioms, and grammar through performing. At the end of the workshop, the class stages a play entirely in Italiano!
TEATRO ITALIANO: GO ON STAGE...IN ITALIAN!
How many stories have your teens told you? How many times have you seen your kids improvise stories? TEATRO ITALIANO for teens gives your kids a platform to perform their favorite stories for an audience.
The students, with teacher guidance, create a play, including the costumes and songs. Participants also master pronunciation and learn new Italian vocabulary, idioms, and grammar through performing. At the end of the workshop, the class stages a play entirely in Italiano!
Italian Summer in the City 2013
Collina Italiana (CI) is pleased to announce its Italian Summer in the City 2013 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The program is designed for kids (and parents) who want to absorb the warm and lively culture of Italy. Have fun Italian style: Learn and practice Italian, meet new friends, and enjoy a unique summer in the city. The program includes::
- Giochiamo in Italiano: learn Italian through play–music, theater, and games.
- Cinema Italiano: study Italian through animated movies and cartoons.
- Arte Insieme: be creative –make art and speak Italian.
- Piccolo Teatro: perform your favorite star. Act in Italiano.
- Le Uscite: outings to museums to discover Italian art
- Il Tavolo in Italiano: summer school but more fun!
2013 Summer Camp #1: June 10 - July 12
2013 Summer Camp #2: August 12 - August 30
Option 1: Mon-Thurs/ 9.00 am - 3.00 pm Fri / 9 am - 12 pm
Option 2: Tues-Thurs/ 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
Option 3: Tues/Thurs 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
Option 4: Tues/Wed/Thurs 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Option 5: Tues/Thurs 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Tuition per week:
$600 (Option 1)
$450 (Option 2)
$320 (Option 3)
$270 (Option 4)
$190 (Option 5)
10% Discount for siblings
Early Drop off (8.30 am): $10 per day / Late Pick up (4.30 pm): $20 per day
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BACK TO SCHOOL
Set in the Upper East Side, our Italian classes allow children to benefit from a comprehensive approach in an age-appropriate and inviting atmosphere. Classes for children, which consist of three to eight students, include Giardino dei Bambini (drop off on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12pm), and Create, Act & Draw. Children gather around to share learned words and expressions through playful, skill-building activities such as games, songs, dances, and stories. For all the bellissimi details on Collina Italiana, call our Italian instructors today!
Read More About Collina Italiana
ALESSANDRA GRECO, Children's Program Director for 3 years at CI, was born and raised in Rome. She earned a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the Universita' degli Studi Roma Tre. Her studies included: linguistics, philology of Germanic languages, Italian literature, and English literature. In addition to mastering English, Alessandra has learned Spanish and French.
An Instructor of Italian for more than ten years both in Italy and abroad (England-Ireland-USA), Alessandra is an experienced instructor, especially adept with children, and working forever with programming. She teaches adult classes at CI too.
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