Welcome back to 100 Days of Bilingualism!
Each Monday you will receive a week’s worth of multilingual activities that you can do at home with your children. Not only will it be fun for your entire bilingual family, it will boost your children’s bilingualism into the stratosphere!
Maria, a former school teacher who is currently homeschooling her four children in Spanish and English, is your 100 Days of Bilingualism guide. She loves to hear from you, so please leave comments about your own 100 days journey along the way!
In case you missed the previous posts, click here to read all of the 100 Days of Bilingualism posts.
Without further ado, let us pass things over to Maria who will lead you through another week of fantastic multilingual fun and activities…
Week 1: September 10-14
Let the the 100 day countdown begin! Did you read the 100 Days of Bilingualism – Preparation Week post? If not, do that right now!
I hope by now you have all the materials for your “daily three” activities ready:
- number line
- 100 jar
- 100 day grid template
- your kids have made or decorated a special journal
If you aren’t clear on what the above items are, please read the 100 Days of Bilingualism – Preparation Weekpost!
Each week will consist of one project or activity per day Monday through Friday and you should do the “daily three” (number line, 100 jar and 100 grid) each day as well. Happy counting!
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid template)
- prepared journals
- colored paper (at least 4 different colors)
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child, CLICK HERE to download and print)
- construction material (see Friday, below, for more details)
Monday: 100 day Journal
Journal week 1: What is one thing in your life that you think will change in the next 100 days?
Have the children draw a picture and then write about what they think will change in the next 100 days. This can be something big or something small. Encourage them not to worry about correct answers but just jump in and get writing. For children that are too young to write or not comfortable writing as much encourage them to do some drawing and then you do the writing for them. The important piece to capture here is the ideas not them battling out getting words on the page.
Tuesday: Creating/Art Activity – 100 piece torn paper collage
Have each child choose 4 different colors of paper and tear each piece into 25 smaller pieces. Using these 100 pieces have them paste them onto a plain white paper to create a 100 piece collage. Encourage them to take their time and enjoy the process.
You could easily extend this into a larger art activity by sharing some examples of what a collage looks like and delving deeper into this medium before having them try it on their own.
Wednesday: Get Moving Activity – 100 step walk
Time to get some fresh air with a 100 step walk (or ten!) Start by counting your first 100 steps. If you still have energy left keep going and see how many sets of 100 steps you can take before taking a break. Can you make it to 1000?
Thursday: 100 word book -colors
Using the blank 100 word book template (see how it looks like a big number 100?) create a title page and a first page in your language. Create a title page to your liking and for page one of your word book help each child find, write and illustrate 5 new color words. Use this as a reason to hunt down new color words outside the normal red and blue.
The two pages will read as follows (here I use Spanish as an example):
Title page: Mi libro de 100 palabras por ______________
First page: Colores
Friday: Exploration – 100 piece construction
Using whatever building material, or combination of materials, you have on hand, have your child count out 100 pieces and then build their own creation. Any type of blocks will do, and if you don’t have 100 blocks be creative and use what you can find around the house. If you can take a picture when they are finished so they can remember their 100 piece construction.
We hope you will enjoy your first week of 100 Days of Bilingualism! Remember that we are doing this with our children right along with you, so we encourage you to share your thoughts, questions and experiences in the comments section each week.
Let me know if you have any questions about activities during this (or previous) weeks. We hope that you set up things during the first week – it will make your 100 days move along smoothly and enjoyably.
Don’t forget to download and print the 100 Word Book Page.
Stay tuned for our next email on Monday next week. It will be filled with another week of activities for our 100 Days of Bilingualism event.
Maria Hawkins grew up in New Mexico immersed in both Spanish and English. She has her National Teacher Certification in early childhood education and has taught in both bilingual and monolingual public schools. She currently keeps busy homeschooling her three bilingual children, teaching weekly Spanish classes for kids, and leading a Spanish Playgroup to support local bilingual families.