The Flyer

The fliers are printed and slowly making their way out into the north eastern communities of Milan and lower Brianza. Fly little babies, be free-tell the world we’re here!  We’re quite proud, it was a lot of hard work and a learning experience.

You can click on corsi to see both sides of the flier.

Harold and The Purple Crayon

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A favorite book of all kids is Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harold is a little boy who goes on adventures using his purple crayon and imagination.

After reading this book, we love getting out our purple crayons and our imaginations and draw our own adventures. Where would you go? What would you see?

Emotions Memory Game

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There are so many emotions, it will take forever to cover them all! But, we sure are going to try! Here are the first 12:

emotions memory color words

Print 2 versions of the faces above


Or one each of the versions below OR 2 of just the faces to make your memory game:

emotions memory color 002

As you may have noticed we’ve formatted the cards a little differently this time. We’ll try to include vocabulary words to include older kids in the future.

Remember get creative with your memory games! Aside from fishing games or pictionary or sculptionary you can play:

(these are better for small groups, next time we will do something for bigger groups)

1- Memory on Wall: tape cards upside down on the wall and the kids play a vertical version of memory. The cards can all be placed on one wall or if you have the possibility, you can scatter them on to different walls.

2 – Run and Touch –  Use only half the deck (one of each set), tape the cards face up on the wall and the teacher calls out one of the cards and the kids must run and touch the correct card.

3 – Bowling – Tape the cards onto bowling pins. On his or her turn, each child has to say what emotions got bowled down (or are still standing).

4 – Musical Flashcards – put the cards face up on the ground. The teacher plays music and the kids dance around.  The teacher stops the music and all kids must jump on one card and take turns saying what it is.

5- Charades – On his/her turn, each child takes a card and acts out what’s on the card.

(for some of these games you may have to enlarge the cards so the kids can see them).

Brrrrrrrrr! It’s too cold!


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Okay – it’s not really cold where we are, it’s really too hot! But, to keep ourselves cooled off, we are thinking about cold things! Now you can, too!

The last Three Bears worksheet was for hot, now we’ve got one for you that is cold! Good luck and keep up the good work! Remember, not only can you draw what’s in Goldie’s bowl, but you can also cut out pictures from magazines too!

I Am A Pizza

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Charlotte Diamond’s I Am A Pizza is a great ESL song.  Most kids already know the ingredients to pizza or you can easily find pictures on the internet if you need to, but if you are patient – we’ll probably be posting something related soon.

  • I am a pizza
  • With extra cheese
  • From tomatoes
  • Sauce is squeezed
  • Onions and mushrooms
  • Oregano
  • I am a pizza, ready to go
  • I am a pizza
  • Pepperoni
  • No anchovies
  • Or phony bologna
  • I am a pizza
  • Order by phone
  • I am a pizza, please take me home
  • I am a pizza
  • Peppers on top
  • Out of the oven
  • Into the box
  • Into the car and
  • Upside down
  • I am a pizza, dropped on the ground
  • I was a pizza
  • I was the best
  • I was a pizza
  • Now I’m a mess!

Circus Memory

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Looking for a memory game to build some vocabulary before you build your Calder inspired circus? As usual, there is a colored version:

or the color it yourself version:

Print these out, (color if needed), cut them out and glue them onto some construction paper squares – tahdah you have a circus inspired memory game!

Remember there is more than one way to play memory here are some ideas –

Fishing Versions (using homemade magnet, string, stick fishing poles)

  • Attach paperclips to the cards and have the kids fish the cards instead of using their hands.
  • Divide the deck in half. Put paper clips on one half of the deck and spread them in a circle to make a ‘pond.’ From the other half of the deck, give each player a card. Each kid gets one chance to fish per turn – if there are more cards than kids, you can give a new card if the child fishes the correct one. (If playing in a classroom, you can also put the kids in one corner of the room and ‘the pond’ in another and they have to take turns running over to the pond to ‘fish’-this makes the cards harder to see and works a little better than normal memory, when the kids can’t sit still). Make sure the kids say what they fish, (even if it’s not the matching one) and if it matches or not.
  • You can also play the card game Go Fish, but you will have to print out 4 copies of each figure.  Each player gets 5 cards (or 3 or 7) and the rest go into the center of the playing circle or table. The object of the game is to make pairs with the cards in your hand and to get rid of all your cards. First all players take out any matching cards.The player to the dealer’s left goes first. The first player asks someone ‘Do you have a…(and then he/she says one of the card he/she has in hand)?’ If the other person then hands the card over if he/she has it or tells the ‘asker’ to ‘Go Fish.’ The first player either makes a pair and can go again or takes a card from the center pile.  Then the play goes on to the player on the first player’s left and so on.

Olivia Saves the Circus


Olivia Saves the Circus” by Ian Falconer is a fun book, just right for kids around the ages of 3 – 7, but that doesn’t mean bigger kids won’t enjoy it too! The illustrations captivate the hearts of readers of all ages! Who couldn’t love this adorable little pig?

Olivia captivates her class (and readers) telling about when she went to the circus and all the performers were sick! Luckily, she saves the day by performing all the circus acts: riding a unicycle, becoming queen of the trampoline, juggling, taming a lion and somersaulting of a trapeze!

Check out Olivia’s website – there is more information about Olivia books and activities, recipes and downloads:

To read this in Italian, click here.