Immersion Nights, Corresponding with CC Geography for Cycle 2
A Cooper Trip to Rome
Italian families enjoy quite a delicious spread of food for supper! Below is the type of dish that would be served for various courses and what I’ve chosen to serve that night.
Apertivo – crab cakes
Antipasto – various meats rolled with cheese
Primo – Risotto
Secondo and Contorno – Salmon and Broccoli
Insalata – fresh garden salad
- I have romaine, and heirloom cherry tomatoes for this, oil and balsamic vinegar)
Formaggi e frutta – cheese and seasonal fruit
- In our case, we are serving purple grapes, and mini babybel cheese wheels. I may get ambitious and choose a soft cheese like brie… buy maybe not!)
Dolce – Sorbetto
- http://www.thekitchn.com/spring-dessert-recipe-strawberry-honey-sorbet-168347 but I might make that with tart cherries instead of strawberries, because that’s what I have
Caffe – Espresso
- I am serving hot cocoa to the children and my pregnant self. We’ll see if my husband feels like some espresso or not. We have a bialetti, so this is easy.
Digestivo – fruit or herbal drink
- We are serving herbal tea with a touch of honey and lemon
For The Rest
Think Verdi, Vivaldi, Puccini, or Pavarotti for music. For immersion nights I always just start a new Pandora Radio station. I found Italian Traditional Radio, and it’s perfect.
Greet each other with air kisses on both sides of the cheek and an enthusiastic “Bongiorno!”.
You might even care to try and dress like an Italian. See here.
A DIY Passport is a great way to record your adventures. See here. And here’s where I got my sticker flags. At the end of the evening, put your flag on a page in your passport and have your child either write or dictate three favorite things he or she learned or did during the evening.
You may even do some crafts that correspond. During the mid-11th century, the Duomo was built, with intricate gothic patterns and frescos. Here’s an example of a fresco craft for kids.
Have fun! Don’t let this be a source of stress. Instead, let this inspire some additional joy in your home. Only do as much as your schedule will allow. This may mean you do Immersion Nights on Saturdays so you have more time to enjoy the evening. It’s also much more fun, easy, and inexpensive, to invite friends over to potluck that night! All they need is to know the theme, and perhaps some recipe suggestions, depending on their comfort level in the kitchen.
Some of the ways I take the ‘heat’ off of myself during the day is to get my kids pumped about Immersion Nights. And since I’ve done these for a year now, they know Immersion Night is fun. I require their help cooking and setting the table. The whole family gets involved in the preparation, execution and aftermath (cleaning!). Prep as much as you can ahead of time and decide what you can afford to purchase versus make from scratch. e