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 8: Oct. 29 – Nov. 2
Welcome to days 36-40 of our trek to 100 days of bilingual learning!
This week finds us closing out October and celebrating Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. We’ll explore white on black, take on a new identity for 100 days, take a Halloween walk and end the week with a healthy snack.
Your jars and grid should be nearing the halfway mark and your number line getting longer each day. I hope this week is an excuse to add some fun holiday vocabulary to your conversations and remind you to use your language even as you go about all the Halloween activities that might come with this 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)
- black construction paper
- white pencils/crayons/paint
- white paper
- 10 healthy, dry snacks (cereals, dry fruit, pretzels, nuts…)
- 10 small bowls for serving
- one small bag for each child to put snack in
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 8: If you could dress up as anything or anyone you wanted for the next 100 days what costume would you choose? Why? What do you think would be different? What would stay the same?
Taking time to imagine yourself in a different set of circumstances gives your children a chance to stretch their imagination and potentially delve into a new creative area. Encourage the use of rich and varied vocabulary and show them how to look for words they might not know using a word book or illustrated dictionary in your target language. And, as always, encourage the process and don’t get bogged down on the final product. The great thing about writing is that you can always revisit it and make it better but for this project we are focusing on the process itself as a way to grow our language use.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity – 100 spooky shapes
To take advantage of the Halloween spirit in the air we are going to get our creative juices flowing using a Halloween theme as our starting point.
- Gather black paper (I would use 8 ½ x 11 or larger if available) and a white medium of your choice (crayon, paint or pencil…)
- Have the children choose 10 “spooky” things for their creation before getting started.
- Then give them the goal of drawing 10 of each spooky item for a total of 100 spooky shapes.
- Some ideas we came up with: bats, ghosts, witches, spiders, rats, vampires, skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, werewolves, mummies.
Really the possibilities are endless. Just make sure that you count to 100 and have fun! Its not often we use white on black as its more likely you have white paper for art projects and I find kids always enjoy the contrast of this activity.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 item Halloween walk
Get out your clipboard and put on your raincoats, its time for a Halloween walk!
- Talk to the kids about how to make tally marks as an easy way to count by groups of 5 before you head out.
- Set aside enough time to make this a relaxed and fun walk rather than a rushed activity if possible.
- Decide what area will work best: If you have a neighborhood filled with Halloween decorations a walk around will do the trick. If not, think about where you might go today to notice items for your walk (grocery store, shopping mall, the library…)
- Head out and make one tally mark for each item that you see associated with Halloween and see if you can make it to 100.
*If you are in an area that doesn’t celebrate Halloween you can make this a 100 item fall walk.
Thursday – 100 word book – 5 Halloween words
This week we’ll stay on topic and choose 5 Halloween words to add to our collection.
Here are ours for the week (5 palabras de Halloween) 5 Halloween words:
asustar – to frighten
truco – trick
espeluznante – spooky
disfraz – costume
pedir – to ask
Friday – Exploration – 100 snack mix
Since I know many of you will be having Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations this week and there will probably be lots of sweet snacking I thought we could use this week as an excuse to gather some healthy goodies to create a fun 100 snack.
- Take 10 different small, dry snacks and separate them into 10 small bowls.
- Have each child count out 10 from each bowl so that they make a bag of 100 items.
- They can then label their bag and use it to be their own snack bag for the next few days.
- The kids then count out 10 of each item to add to their bag.
In the end each child will have a bag filled with 100 healthy snacks to munch on! Yummy!
Hope your kids enjoy this as much as I know mine will. Don’t underestimate the fun of counting out all the goodies before eating them. Its always fun to put together your own snack.
Below is an example of what will be in each of the small bowls at our house:
- dried cranberries
- roasted pumpkin seeds
- walnut pieces
- dried plums
- small wheat crackers
- dried apricots
- roasted sunflower seeds
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.