Italian classes for children expanding at St. Ambrose parish in St. Louis

Oct 11, 2018 332

Imparare L'Italiano Giocando is an initiative of the Italian Community of St Louis (Comunita' degli Italiani - St Louis). It's meaning "learning Italian while playing or having fun" is a key message that Giovanna Leopardi gives to parents who would like their children to learn Italian. These classes, for kids ages 2 - 12, are not your regular sit down classes. Kids are able to draw on the blackboard, paint, color, or make necklaces with pasta, all while in an Italian-speaking setting.

The children who come to the classes have varying knowledge of Italian. Some have Italian speaking parents while others only know few words. The classes also give a chance for Italian parents to socialize as well as for their kids to interact with each other in Italian. Because interest has been so high, Deacon Joe Fragale of St Ambrose Parish was very happy to allow the classes to expand and use the parish classroom below the church. Now the classes will be held the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11AM to 12PM in the St Ambrose classroom near the Church Hall.

The principal objective of these classes are to provide a fun environment for kids learning Italian. Art crafts and Italian childrens books are provided by the teachers. A $5 donation per family is appreciated. The classes are conducted by Giovanna Leopardi, Michael Cross, and other volunteers. The classes are an initiative of the Italian Community of St Louis (Comunita' degli Italiani - St Louis), which represents Italians living abroad. Parents are more than welcome and encouraged to stay during the classes. For additional information, please contact Michael Cross at mikecross.stl@gmail.com.

The remaining dates for this year are: 20 October; 3 November; 17 November; 1 December; 15 December  

SOURCE: Michael Cross

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