School is out and everyone is on vacation. But after the first few days of total relax, without alarm clocks going off at seven in the morning, children begin to think about something else – summer homework. The world of students can be divided into exactly two parts: those who prefer to get it over with immediately, delaying a long overdue break but getting the work out of the way within the first few days. And those who, instead, do it in September, just before the new scholastic year is about to begin.
Then there is a teacher named Maria Giuliana Saletta, who has found a way to get her students to do their holiday homework day by day throughout their vacation. And always with a big smile.
How does she do it?
- Do at least one summersault a day.
- Run in fields or on the beach.
- Yell to an echo: “Hi, who is more beautiful between me and you?” and listen to the answer.
- Invent one word per week, like ‘ohporcalochettina’. Play with your imagination.
- Get bored every now and then.
- Go to a bookstore and look for a nice and colorful book.
- Try every different ice cream flavor. Watch for shooting stars and make a beautiful wish.
- Have a grandparent read a story to you and, two pages before the end close the book and invent the end yourselves, then see how the story really ends in the book.
- Write a letter to a grandparent, a drawing is fine too.
- Choose at least two of the following: go fishing with your dad, make a cake with your mom, go to an outdoor cinema with friends, jump into the sea, visit a museum.
- Invent a bad word to say when you are mad like: oh bulacca! peralessa! facciadibrodinoriscaldato!
- Count how many nice things you did during the week.
This list has already crossed Italy’s borders and these 12 points can also be found translated into Portuguese.
To know more about Echino and its initiatives we invite you to watch the video below. The voice and music are by Liana Marino.