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!
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Without further ado, let us pass things over to Maria who will lead you through another week of fantastic multilingual fun and activities…
Week 3: September 24-28
Welcome to week 3 of our learning countdown!
As we work through days 11-15 we will be using the natural arrival of fall to boost our language learning and continue our 100 days projects.
Remember that your use of rich and varied language is an important model for your children so use this week to really focus on talking about the seasons and everything you notice in your world. This is a great excuse to pull out your favorite fall books and delve into fun fall vocabulary.
Keep up the routine of doing your daily three and then the project of the day and enjoy this first week of fall.
Adjusting Lessons for Younger Learners
Since many readers have shared that they are working with younger children I wanted to share some general suggestions for adjusting lessons for younger learners.
- When doing the journal projects it is an easy adaptation to have younger children respond to the prompts with drawings and then add a story or labels as they would like.
- For the art activities they may not have the fine motor skills to do all the cutting or gluing so you might do more prep work ahead of time so that they just put the pieces together.
- Also you can always adapt the activity to be a larger scale so it is easier for smaller hands. For example, instead of this week’s hole punch, parents of toddlers or young preschoolers might cut out larger circles ahead of time and use those.
- For the 100 minute walk maybe plan to walk 50 minutes to a park, play for a bit and have a snack, and then walk 50 minutes back. Or maybe cut the walking time in half.
The key in working with younger children is to remember to follow their lead. Sometimes an activity you assume they can do is a little too much and sometimes they surprise you and want to keep going way past when you thought they would be bored. Watch their cues, adjust accordingly, and remember to have fun!
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
- prepared journals
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
- 1 sheet each of red, yellow, orange and brown construction paper
- ½ sheet of white paper
- hole punch
- masking tape
Monday: 100 day journal
Journal week 3: If you could make the weather stay the same for 100 days what kind of weather would you choose? Why?
This is a big question that has potential to go many different directions. Remember there are no right answers, the idea is to get kids thinking, exploring, creating. Maybe they end up writing about what the day would feel like, what clothes they would need to wear, why they like the type of weather they chose. Maybe they create a long story and you do all the writing. Whatever it looks like, enjoy it together and encourage them to use lots of rich language. Writing is a great place to throw out new words.
Tuesday: Creating/Art Activity – 100 dot fall creation
Using a whole punch, make 25 dots from each of four colored pieces of paper. Now using those 100 dots glue they will glue them onto a ½ sheet of white paper and make a fall color creation. Let them decide whether to make a picture or create something abstract. And if they don’t feel like 100 dots is enough feel free to try 200 or more. Think of all the practice counting!
*save the left over paper for future activities
Wednesday: Get Moving Activity – 100 minute walk
This week lets use our 100 project to enjoy a walk around your neighborhood to enjoy the changing season.
Get out the timer and set aside 100 minutes to stroll around your neighborhood and notice what changes fall is bringing to your world. If you can pack a small snack and some water (water and snacks always make our outings more successful) so you don’t have hungry little ones rushing you back home. This is a great time to talk together and really enrich your language learning. Talk about the weather, the changing seasons, the plants and trees, everything you see as you walk along.
Thursday: 100 word book – weather words
The changing season is the prefect time to work on words that help us describe the weather. Use this page to choose 5 weather words that you can use to boost your fall vocabulary.
Our family’s words for the week (in Spanish):
Friday: Exploration – 100 measuring
Today we use our 100 project to explore measuring.
- Start by having everyone mark a starting point on the floor with masking tape (write each child’s name on their piece of tape).
- Count forward 100 hands and mark the end with another piece of tape labeled with their name.
- Then repeat the activity using their feet.
- Now you can repeat the same activity using as many other standard units of measure as you would like; inches, feet, yards, centimeters…
- When you finish take a step back and see what you notice.
- By the way, please don’t feel limited by your living space. I am pretty sure we’ll have to take this activity outside to get to 100 for some of the units and I have no doubt the kids will be happy to oblige.
We hope you enjoy this 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 post 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.