100 Days of Bilingualism – Week Two

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100 Days of Bilingualism

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 2:  September 17-21

Welcome to week 2 of our learning countdown!

I hope that last week you worked out all the kinks and found your rhythm so that you can do your daily three and then get to the project of the day all while having fun.  This week we keep going with our pattern of daily three and then the day’s activity and count days 6-10.

Materials for the week:

  1. daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
  2. prepared journals
  3. printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
  4. colored yarn
  5. material to use as beads (macaroni pasta, circle cereal, straws cut into small pieces or any other small circles you have on hand)
  6. 10 different kinds of fruit (you can use this as an excuse to explore a few fruits you have never tried before as well as old favorites)

Monday: 100 day journal

Journal week 2:  If you had to choose just one thing to eat for 100 days in a row what would it be?  Why would you choose that one thing to eat so much of?
Have fun with this and make sure you let all answers be welcome!  The fun part of this is thinking about what it would be like.  Why would they choose that food?  Do they think they would like it as much on day 100 as they did on day 1?  Lots to wonder about.

Tuesday: Creating/Art Activity – 100 bead chain
Using the small circle material you choose have your child count out 100 pieces.  Cut a length of yarn and make a large knot at one end.  On the other end wrap a small piece of tape so that it will be easier to string.  Have them string the small circles, counting as they go.  When they are finished the the ends together and decide how to use their chain.

Wednesday: Get Moving Activity -100 jumps
Time to use some energy.  Head outside and jump as high as you can 10 times.  Now so that 10 times more.  Can you jump up high 100 times in a row without stopping?  Can you do 100 small jumps without stopping?  How about on one foot?

Thursday: 100 word book – shapes
Help your child find, label and illustrate 5 new shape words. Try to go beyond the circle, triangle, square you already know and find some less used shape words.  The words for our family for the week (in Spanish) will be:

formas
pentágono
hexágono
heptágono
esfera
paralelogramo

Friday: Exploration – 100 fruit salad
Time to have some fun in the kitchen.  Gather your 10 fruits and have the children wash their hands and help you peel and cut each fruit into 10 pieces.  Combine all the pieces into a large bowl and gently stir.  You have just created your own 100 fruit salad!  Now you can end the week with a tasty snack, yum!

Conclusion

We hope you enjoy your second 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. It is so much fun to hear from you!

Let me know if you have any questions about activities during this (or previous) weeks. We hope that you set up things during the preparation week – it will make your 100 days move along smoothly and enjoyably.

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.

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1 Conference Interpreter September 19, 2012 at 1:48 am

Nobody ever doubted the power of language. There’s a lot of benefits you can get from being bilingual. When teaching someone to be bilingual or have them exercise their second language, does it have to be intense but slow or simple yet fast? Seems like the strategy really depends, right?

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2 Elena September 23, 2012 at 4:34 am

Ciao Maria! Just touching base to let you know that we are really enjoying your activities! Every week I adjust some of the work to the age of my three kids. They seem to be well motivated and their vocabulary is growing thanks to the 100 words book (which, for us, is…Il libro delle 100 parole). Can’t wait to see next week plan! Grazie mille! elena

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