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 5: October 8-12
Welcome to days 21-25 of our learning countdown!
As we finish up the first quarter of our 100 day challenge we are thick into the fall season and might be spending a little more time inside as the air starts to cool down. I hope you are all sticking with us and enjoying watching your number line grow and your 100 jar and grid begin to fill up.
Remember that each day and the activity provided is meant to be a way to encourage dialogue and vocabulary growth so really use the activity time to engage your child in a lively chat. This way not only are you working on your language but you have a perfect excuse to spend some quality time together as these fall days fly by.
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100day grid)
- prepared journals
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
- construction paper in red, orange, yellow and brown
- stop watch/clock with second hand
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 5: Imagine you have to live in one room of your house for 100 days, what room what you choose? Why? What what you do there for 100 days? Would you miss anything from the other rooms?
This question might generate answers that surprise you and gives the kids a chance to think about what is important to them and as they reason through the scenario. As always, focus on helping them think and wonder, help with the writing if you need to, and enjoy the process.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity – 100 piece chain
Cut long strips of each of the four construction paper colors to make a 100 fall chain. You can start with 25 strips of each color and make one, 100 piece chain by connecting each strip of paper into a circle and then connecting the circles to one another.
One trick we use at our house is to hold the two ends together and count to 20 to give the glue time to set. Its a great excuse to practice counting. If you have older kids you can make it more challenging and have them count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s etc. This activity is also a good time to talk about patterns, colors, and how many ways you can divide the pieces for your chain.
When you finish your 100 pieces its up to you if you want to stop there or keep adding groups of 100. Then the fun part, what to do with it once you reach the end. Fall decoration?
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 second balance challenge
This week we are going to use the 100 second time frame to play with balance. Get your stop watch ready and have each child find a space to work in. Knowing your children and their ages/abilities, select three or more poses and have them see if they can hold each one for 100 seconds. This activity is rich with opportunity to talk about bodies and balance and movement and breathing. Have fun!
A few ideas for poses:
- standing feet shoulder width apart arms out to the side
- on one foot, arms out
- one foot on the ground, one foot in the air, one hand on the gound
- one foot on the ground, one foot in the air, two hands on the ground
- low squat, both arms out in front
- on your tip toes, arms out
Thursday – 100 word book – body words
This week find 5 body words that go beyond the ones your children use all the time whether its body parts you don’t practice often or movements that are new this week.
Here are my family’s words for this week (in Spanish):
palabras de mi cuerpo – my body words
equilibrio – balance
espinilla – shin
arco – arch
escápula – scapula (shoulder blade)
nuca – nape
Friday – Exploration – 100 item kitchen search
The kitchen is always filled with things little and big (at least in my house) and it seems like the fall kitchen is especially busy. Have your children help you find 100 items in your kitchen and lay them all out on the table as you go.
You can decide if this will be a mixed collection where you count all the plates, glasses, pans, utensils, etc and see if you can get to 100 or an exercise in counting out smaller items like dry beans or grains of rice.
Perhaps you can decide which areas of vocabulary could benefit from some extra conversation in your house, or you could decide based on whether you would prefer a kitchen clean up or dinner being presorted!
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.