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Schooling / Re: Got kids in school?
« Last post by lauclamor on May 10, 2016, 03:22:58 PM »
The schools here are very academic and follow an 'old school' system of rote learning, which I don't agree with, but the reading problem is a social problem not an academic one.  Schools are trying to encourage children to read, whilst peers and parents make their children feel ashamed about reading.  I find this really strange.  My daughter said the other day that her best friend's mum won't buy her books because she doesn't think she should be reading.  And Italian people say to me all the time when I recommend books, 'I don't read', which to me seems such a bizarre thing to say.  They have to read a lot here at school, even though it's not a reading book as such,  they do an awful lot of reading and homework (italy is number 5 in the world for the amount of homework).  There are sports at school; they do basketball, karate and football.  And there are a lot of kids involved in after-school sports clubs, mine do rock climbing and parkour.  Beyond this there are some pretty great initiatives starting here now (at least in Penne where I live), all the kids at school have mandatory chess lessons (from the third year of elementary school); free piano lessons start next year; and they are starting trinity exams in English and French for all middle school students.  I think there are good schools and not so good schools - just like you would get anywhere I guess. 
Schooling / Re: Got kids in school?
« Last post by Vignaverde on May 10, 2016, 01:30:46 PM »
I agree, I don't see why it is a worrying reflection on the schooling system here. I have 2 kids in schools here and find the education system excellent.
Schooling / Re: Got kids in school?
« Last post by Tartufa on May 10, 2016, 06:39:35 AM »
This is an article about what kids don't do outside of school - play sport, visit a museum or read a book for pleasure and it talks about the poorest families.  I think the same could be said for the UK.  My daughter does 2 hours of 'Motoria' per week but it's not 'Sport'.  Kids here have to join after- school clubs to learn a particular sport.  That certainly is different from the UK but I don't think it is the school's job to take kids to archeological digs or to insist that kids read books at home. 
Schooling / Got kids in school?
« Last post by Shebar on May 09, 2016, 08:32:45 PM »
Some worrying evidence regarding the quality of the Italian education system...

Diligent parents can 'fill' many of the gaps highlighted here - but you need to know that your local school may be lacking in order to do so.  Kids only get one chance at education.

Swap shop / Babyclothes & 5 year old plus swap?
« Last post by MagicKingdomFarm on December 15, 2015, 12:15:07 AM »
Hi there,

We have a mountain of babyclothes (size 50-74) that our boy and girl twins have grown out of recently. as we have moved to a village that only has one other child  8) we have been unable to do a swap for some always needed clothes for our eldest who is in size 122.

If you know anyone who would be interested please pm us as I am sure we could make someone very happy somewhere.

Schooling / Re: scuola materna
« Last post by Tartufa on October 05, 2015, 02:08:27 PM »
It's likely that you will need to prove her residency before getting a place.  Better to look for a private, fee-paying nursery I would have thought. 
Schooling / scuola materna
« Last post by Lois Lane on October 05, 2015, 10:28:17 AM »
Advice please!
My daughter and granddaughter are coming to Italy for an extended visit.  Granddaughter
(aged 3) currently attends nursery (playschool) in the UK for 3 mornings a week.

There is a local scuola materna in my local town( which seems to cater for pre-school kids, but does anyone know if you have to book a place. If so, how do you do this? What does it cost and who do you pay?

Swap shop / Re: 50 English language children's books to give away for FREE!
« Last post by Tartufa on August 14, 2015, 08:52:06 AM »
These books have now been taken.
Swap shop / 50 English language children's books to give away for FREE!
« Last post by Tartufa on August 10, 2015, 08:45:30 AM »
These books are not suitable for our Street Library project and come from our own personal collection at home.  Our daughter is nearly 7 and has grown out of many of the books or is simply bored with them.  She also has an equal number of Italian language books so we are running our of shelf space!  I'm happy to give them to anyone who might have a use for them.  I don't think there are many on this forum who have children as young as ours but I know that there are plenty of visiting grandchildren.  There are a few Charlie & Lola, Mr Men, a couple of Gruffalo themed books, 'That's Not My Puppy', Postman Pat, Paddington, In the Night Garden etc.  Some have been abused but are readable nevertheless.  Please let me know ASAP if you would like them.  I can put them aside in a big box for a while if required.  Collect from Sulmona (AQ). 
Swap shop / Re: Sulmona's new Street Library
« Last post by Tartufa on April 27, 2015, 10:32:06 PM »
It's a nice opportunity to help in some way with local initiatives.  Thank you Levi (as always) for your PMA and support! 
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