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Italian for Kids

Are You Looking for Italian Lessons for Children to Include in Your Homeschool? Explore These Resources to Help Your Child Learn Italian Online or Offline!

 Italian Lessons For Children

By: Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

Parli Italiano? If so, you know that Italian is a beautiful language. Did you also know that, besides Italy, Italian is also an official language of San Marino, Vatican City, and Switzerland? You may be considering incorporating Italian language learning in your homeschool but may be wondering, “How do I teach my child Italian?” You know that including any foreign language for kids in your homeschool is well worth the effort, but what may not be clear initially is where to find resources. No worries… A2Z Homeschooling has you covered!

Italian Curriculum and Italian Lessons for Children

Italian for Kids Teaching Materials
Learn Italian Online for Free

Other Italian for Kids Homeschooling Resources

*This post contains affiliate links. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. Although most of the resources listed here are free, those marked with a $ have a cost or require a fee/subscription in order to access the full range of materials. 

 

Italian Curriculum and Italian Lessons for Children

How do beginners learn Italian? That’s simple… with the basics! Finding a good curriculum is important to not only keep your child’s attention but also to build skills that will get your child speaking, listening, reading, and even writing Italian in the most effective and efficient way possible. The sooner your child is understanding and using full sentences, the sooner Italian language learning becomes fun. Below are some Italian curriculum materials that you may want to explore:

CyberItalian $
“Are you a dedicated knowledge seeker – passionate about the Italian culture – who is looking for a vast resource of audios, language activities, grammar notes, exercises and exams for learning and practicing the Italian language? Take a course with us to learn the language and discover Italian art, places, history and culture!”

Italian Grammar for Beginners (Textbook & Workbook) $
By Talk in Italian (Author)
“Learn beginner Italian grammar painlessly with step-by-step lessons that focus on the essentials and help you build a learning habit. Inside Italian Grammar for Beginners you’ll find: 25 beginner-level Italian grammar lessons: This reference and practice book covers everything you need to know about beginner Italian grammar. […] An embedded workbook with 250+ grammar exercises: Challenge yourself and reinforce your comprehension by doing the exercises after each lesson. Audio for pronunciation and listening practice: Improve your listening and pronunciation skills in Italian by listening to the audio narrated by a native Italian speaker.”

Italian Made Easy (Textbook & Workbook) $
By Lingo Mastery (Author)
“In this first level of the Italian Made Easy workbook series, we include: An incredibly in-depth section at the beginning that guides you through the Italian alphabet, Italian accents and those tricky genders, pronunciations and rule exceptions that some teachers forget to tell you about! Frequent and numerous exercise sections that will keep you challenged and constantly learning new abilities. […] Incredible, rich lessons on the Italian culture and their sayings – we’ve included this to make sure you’re much closer to becoming an “honorary Italian” by the time you’re done! Finally, a ton of beautiful, high-quality images that have been added to keep things accessible and, overall, entertaining for all age groups!”

Learn Italian | Muzzy BBC
Developed by the BBC, Muzzy has an over 30-year history of success teaching millions of children around the world. Muzzy’s simple and effective program teaches languages through fun and animated stories featuring Muzzy and friends. Each lesson has reinforcement learning tools including online games, printable flashcards & printable worksheets. MUZZY’s online language program is available on all devices and anywhere there is an Internet connection, with no downloads required.”

Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way with Online Audio $
By Marcel Danesi, Ph.D. (Author), Heywood Wald, Ph.D. (Author)
“This unique book makes learning Italian easy, practical, and fun! Suitable for teaching adults, as well as older children. Barron’s Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way covers the basics of reading, writing, understanding, and speaking Italian. The engaging, interactive lessons and exercises can be done in just a few minutes per day and are supplemented with: funny cartoon-style illustrations; Language games, puzzles, and quick quizzes; A set of vocabulary flashcards; a pull-out bilingual dictionary booklet; online audio for all; and listening comprehension activities.” 

Learn Italian with Paul Noble $
By Paul Noble (Author)
Paul Noble is a genius with a higher IQ than Einstein. Despite this, he still struggled with language learning at school. He found himself feeling ‘confused, incapable and unable to really say anything’. As a result of his negative early experiences, Paul has come up with a groundbreaking new method of language teaching that removes the need for months of study. With Paul Noble, everyone really can speak a language. Listen to over 13 hours of audio on 12 CDs, then use the accompanying booklet as a reference and revision tool. A native-speaking Italian expert helps Paul to deliver the course and to perfect your pronunciation.”

Professor Toto Language Education Series $  
“Brought to life by the pioneer of language education for children and founder of the internationally acclaimed Language Workshop for Children, Professor Toto introduces practical, day-to-day vocabulary and grammatical structure in a fun, colorful, and engaging Toto way. As kids join animated classmates in an immersive and playful virtual classroom, they lose themselves in emotionally engaging storylines and learn the basics of conversational fluency in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German and English/ESL without realizing it.”  

 

 

Talkbox.Mom – Italian $
“What if Italian was as easy to use in your own home as English (even if you know nothing OR everything)? Start talking in Italian with your family the same day you start! […] As a parent, you’re actually the MOST successful language teacher in the world. Think about it… Who taught your kids English?! YOU! TalkBox.Mom will give you the tools you need to teach your children Italian the same way you taught them English: talking as life happens.

Time4Languages Online Italian Language Course | Time4Learning $  
“Time4Languages makes it simple for Time4Learning K-12 students to learn Italian or improve their Italian fluency. The online Italian language course features an award-winning, proven method in which students will learn to speak and think in Italian. There is no memorization or translation involved. An immersive environment teaches students by connecting words and phrases with images. […] Available to Time4Learning members only.”

 

Italian for Kids Teaching Materials

Rather than using a formal curriculum, or in addition to using one, you may want to put together resources by which your child can become more familiar with the Italian language. Here are some of those extras that can make practicing Italian a little bit more fun:

Easy Italian Phrase Book $
By Lingo Mastery (Author)
“Most textbooks are made to teach you the traditional rules and structures of a language and are great for getting around the grammar and spelling questions you may have. However, how many of them provide you with the tools necessary to have a common conversation with a best friend or someone you’ve just met? Not many at all. […] For this reason, we at Lingo Mastery have developed Easy Italian Phrase Book: Over 1500 Common Phrases for Everyday Use and Travel for you, our favorite language-learner, so that you may find the best expressions for common usage in Italy and communicate with your Italian friends, colleagues, and clients without any issue!”

Italian Picture Dictionary Coloring Book $
By Lingo Mastery (Author)
“Over 50 different, detailed, and beautiful full-size illustrations for you to learn while coloring them! Each of these 50 illustrations contains up to 20 items, by the way – that’s almost 1,000 images for you to color! […] This book has dozens of different categories to help you build your vocabulary. Challenging quizzes found every few sections will allow you to develop your Italian skills even further; if you don’t know the answers, we’ve provided an Answer Key at the end! Just to get started, we’ve added an in-depth basic Italian guide at the beginning, including pronunciation, spelling, word order and vocabulary, among other crucial tools.”

 Italian Short Stories for Beginners $
By Lingo Mastery (Author)
“This book is not a traditional language method or a grammar book; it is a collection of short pieces, different from one another in length, topic, and difficulty, which will allow you to explore the Italian language from a direct, practical and fun perspective. Through this book, you will be able to learn new vocabulary, expressions, and constructions by reading very inspiring, original and typically Italian stories! Italian Short Stories is a selection of famous Italian texts that will help you to learn and improve your Italian language skills. Every story is divided into smaller sections which are translated into English and commented on.” Intermediate Italian Short Stories is also available as your child’s Italian gets more advanced.

Lingo Pie – Learn Italian with Great Italian TV $
Lingo Pie is the world’s only language learning application that uses real TV shows and movies to help you learn a new language. The idea is to make language learning as simple as watching your favorite TV show. We use real TV shows & movies from the language you want to learn. Each show comes with subtitles in the original language (ex. Spanish TV Show + Spanish Subtitles). Every word, phrase or slang is clickable to give you an instant translation in real-time to help you learn. After you watch an episode, you can easily review all your new vocabulary & grammar rules with our built-in flashcards and word lists. Lingo Pie is great for all levels, from beginner to advanced, with great content and language learning tools appropriate for everyone.

Linguacious® – Italian $  
Browse the “award-winning children’s picture books” in multiple languages with associated audio. Also find flashcard games, poster games, and Little Polyglot games.  

My First 100 Words in Italian $
By Haley O’Donnell (Author)
“Through this book, your child can learn 100 Italian words about his everyday life. Kids really enjoy learning about things they know and like. […] The words are classified by themes. There are words about family, animals, school, good things to eat and drink, games, nature, farm, jobs, vehicles, home, clothes, or toys. Beautiful, modern, and colorful images illustrate every word. […] The book has been designed to make it easy for you to interact with your child. It is suitable for all children from 2 to 6 years old. It is an easy and fun way to introduce Italian words for toddlers and young little kids.

Short Stories in Italian for Beginners $
By Olly Richards (Author)
“An unmissable collection of eight unconventional and captivating short stories for young and adult learners. […] Short Stories in Italian for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level, designed to give a sense of achievement, and most importantly – enjoyment! […] As a result, you will be able to focus on enjoying reading, delighting in your improved range of vocabulary and grasp of the language, without ever feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. From science fiction to fantasy, to crime and thrillers, Short Stories in Italian for Beginners will make learning Italian easy and enjoyable.”

Travel to Italy: Learn Italian with Puzzles $
By Play Italian (Author)
Travel to Italy is the first in a series of puzzle books aimed at Italian language students, either at the beginner or intermediate level. The book offers 100 puzzles for picking up new vocabulary around the theme of travel. For instance, you will be able to learn new words related to packing for a holiday, being at the airport, renting a car, staying in a hotel, visiting a museum, etc., as well as a few cultural nuggets. […] Many of the activities come in two varieties, an easier puzzle and a more difficult version of it. All complete solutions are available at the end of the book – but no cheating, now! A second volume, Home and Family, is also available!

 

Learn Italian Online for Free

Italian lessons for children do not have to be expensive. In fact, they can be free! The Internet has become a treasure trove of resources for learning anything if you know where to look. The following are websites that will let your child learn Italian online at no cost to you:

FSI Italian Fast Course
For older children…. This is one of the language courses, which are in the public domain, from the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State. The FSI Italian Fast Course contains 30 lessons on everything from pronunciation and accents to dialogue and listening comprehension. There is also a link to download a student text prior to starting.

Iluss Italiano Online – Free Learning Resources
ILUSS learning resources are produced by teachers of Italian with years of experience. Before being used online, our resources are tested in the classrooms of our partner schools. Our lessons focus on grammar, writing, vocabulary, listening, online speaking, and video.

Initalianoweb.com (formerly Oggi-Domani)
Explore this interactive course for learning Italian that includes images, Italian-English phrases, audio, and video. All for free!

The Italian Experiment – Free Italian Lessons
Find free “online beginner Italian lessons with audio” to learn numbers, days of the week, months of the year, and so much more. Also includes Italian children’s stories, including The Seagull and the Whale, Chicken Little, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Little Red Riding Hood.

Italian Pod 101
“Want to start speaking Italian from your first lesson? You will! Our lessons take you by the hand and guide you through real Italian conversations. Our teachers slow down and explain every word and phrase. Just imagine… you’ll finally understand every Italian word you hear. Learning for travel or love? Want to focus on reading, writing, grammar or culture? You get lessons based on your goals and needs.”

Learn Italian Pod
Do you want to learn Italian online? Whether you are going to Italy for the vacation of a lifetime, you have Italian-speaking family and friends, or you’re learning “la bella lingua” for the pure pleasure of learning, Learn Italian Pod will help you to learn Italian – fast and easily.

 

 

Learn Italian with Marco YouTube Channel
“This Italian course helps you learn Italian with useful Italian phrases. These Italian classes are free and allow you to learn how to speak Italian from the first lesson.”

Speak Italian with Your Mouth Full | MIT Open Courseware
For your older children…. “The participants in this seminar will dive into learning basic conversational Italian, Italian culture, and the Mediterranean diet. Each class is based on the preparation of a delicious dish and on the bite-sized acquisition of parts of the Italian language and culture. A good diet is not based on recipes only; it is also rooted in healthy habits and in culture. At the end of the seminar, the participants will be able to cook some healthy and tasty recipes and to understand and speak basic Italian.”

One World – Italian Online
Find free Italian courses, grammar references and exercises, regular and irregular Italian verbs, cultural information, vocabulary word lists and exercises, and listening activities.

Online Italian Club
OnlineItalianClub.com is free to use, and yet has none of those intrusive ads that follow you around the Internet like hungry cats… Everything on this site is accessible to all, ‘member’ or not. No registration, username, or password is needed! Check your proficiency with a level test and then start your course.

OpenLearn Free Courses  
“Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas. Our courses are available to start right away.” Find free Italian courses for beginners, intermediate learners, and advanced learners by clicking “Italian” as the topic.

 

Other Italian for Kids Homeschooling Resources

If we haven’t yet quenched your thirst for resources, there are still more! Check out these Italian language learning supports that can either help you or provide additional opportunities for your Italian-learning homeschooler:

501 Italian Verbs $
By John Colaneri, Ph.D. (Author), Vincent Luciani, Ph.D. (Author), Marcel Danesi, Ph.D. (Author)
A little help for you or for an older child…. “This brand-new edition of 501 Italian Verbs provides language learners with fingertip access to a carefully curated selection of the 501 most common Italian verbs–in all tenses and moods! Each verb is listed alphabetically in chart form—one verb per page along with its English translation. Follow the clear, concise instruction, then take your language fluency to the next level with an all-new online activity center.”

Adolesco $
Let your Italian adventure begin today with an Adolesco exchange! Live with your exchange partner for up to three months. Learn Italian and come home with a new appreciation for Italian culture.

Italki $
“Looking for a great way to improve your Italian? italki provides you with qualified Italian teachers. Hire an online Italian tutor to help you learn Italian.

I Will Always Be Proud of You (Italian-English Edition) $
By Michael Wong (Author), Zina Lugai (Illustrator), Sabrina Negro (Translator)
“’Stunning,’ ‘beautiful,’ and ‘perfect’ are how customers and critics describe this inspiring children’s picture book of unconditional love. The timeless story empowers children to be the best they can be. It explores the many wonderful possibilities in life and reassures children that they will be loved unconditionally whatever they choose to be. The inspirational story is beautifully illustrated with diverse and inclusive characters.️”

Live Lingua – Italian $
“Let us hand-pick your certified, native Italian speaking, personal tutor and get immersed in the language – from the comfort of home.”

TypeIt – Italian
If you have the need to type anything in a foreign language which has accents and other strange-looking characters, and you only have a US keyboard, your life used to be miserable. […] Now, through the miracles of Unicode and JavaScript, you can just navigate to this site, type whatever you need to type in a text box, and then paste it wherever you need it – into your word processor, e-mail message, etc. You can type foreign characters by clicking buttons or by pressing intuitive keyboard shortcuts.

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