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Best books for adults (and for kids) when learning Italian

We have always hit home that out of the four main components – reading, writing, listening and speaking Italian how important it is to speak the Italian language, this is probably the most difficult of the four but by reading Italian out loud this can build your confidence significantly. To…

Homework – the early days (How did we survive?!)

On February 1, 2016, Posted by , In Living in Italy,Schools, With No Comments

I had a discussion this week with an American family about what to expect in the early days of schooling for their kids at an Italian school on moving to Italy from the US (particularly the homework situation). I think I scared them to death when talking about this before….

Schooling in Italy – what’s best for expats?

On January 27, 2016, Posted by , In Living in Italy,Schools, By , With 16 Comments

Before we arrived in Italy we had a couple of important decisions to make and the first one really was around the kids schooling.   Italy has three tiers of schooling:   Scuola Primaria (Primary School) or Elementare – from the age of six (or 5 and a half) Scuola Media (Middle…

Italian Schooling – what are the stages?

On January 15, 2016, Posted by , In Schools, By ,, , With 2 Comments

So straight off the bat you should know that there is FREE state education available to children of all nationalities who are resident in Italy, your kids might not be too happy to hear this. Home schooling was a topic that our 11 year old at the time brought up repeatedly…