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 4: October 1-5
Welcome to week 4 of our learning countdown!
Days 16-20 are here already! As we get deeper into fall the days keep rolling along. This week we will keep working loosely with last week’s theme of fall, focusing more on the harvest and using up the colored paper from last week.
Remember that each activity is a chance to practice vocabulary you might not be using in your day to day conversations as you talk about the fall harvest, running as fast as you can, and imagining what you might look like in 100 years.
The dictionary is your friend if you run into vocabulary you are not sure of and most of all don’t forget to enjoy the process and have fun! Have a great week!
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
- prepared journals
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
- 8 x 10 paper
- black sharpie marker
- 1 sheet each of red, yellow, orange and brown construction paper (left over from last week)
Remember to start with the daily three and then the project of the day. If you can’t remember how to do the daily three, then check out the first 100 Days of Bilingualism posts again to refresh your memory.
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal Week 4: If you could choose to work on a farm for 100 days what kind of farm would you work on? Why? What do you think would be the best part? The worst part?
There are many directions this could go…all of them are opportunities for language growth. You might focus on the time of year, what you are growing, what you are doing. The options for exploration and wondering are boundless, enjoy!
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity – 100 year portrait
Talk to you children about self portraits and the idea that they are going to draw pictures of themselves.
- Look in the mirror and have them notice all the pieces of their face that they can. Talk about the details.
- Now have them close their eyes and imagine what they think will change in the next 100 years.
- Invite them to do a self-portrait of what they think they will look like in 100 years in pencil.
- Once they are happy with the portrait have them trace over the pencil with sharpie marker.
- When this is finished have them add color and details using watercolor.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 second race
This week we get moving with a 100 second race. Get out your stop watches and get ready to use vocabulary words that have to do with running and racing. Make a start line and see how far everyone can go in 100 seconds. Do it a second time and see if you can go further in 100 seconds. How about a third time?
Thursday – 100 word book – harvest words
Look to the past weeks to learn how to use the 100 word book pages. Then do the activity with harvest words.
Our family’s words for the week (in Spanish) will be:
cosechar – to harvest
la granja – the farm
arar – to plow
el tractor– the tractor
conservar – to preserve
Friday – Exploration – fall color patterns
- Using the four colored construction paper colors from last week cut up the paper into small shapes to make patterns.
- On a white piece of paper make and glue 10 different patterns using 10 pieces for each pattern.
- When you are finished you will have used 100 pieces to make fall patterns.
- Talk about the process and make sure you adjust to meet the needs of the child.
Younger ones will need the shapes precut and might need you to start the pattern and have you finish it. Older kids can cut multiple shapes and make more intricate patterns.
Here is a simple example of a color pattern:
Brown square, red square, brown square, red square, brown square; brown square, red square, brown square, red square, brown square.
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.