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: Nov. 5 – Nov. 9
Days 41-45 help us welcome November as we inch closer to winter.
This week we:
- think about our five senses,
- take doodles to new heights,
- spend some quiet time and
- see how many ways we can count to 100.
I hope that your family has found a good rhythm for the 100 challenge. Hopefully, you are having fun spending a little time each day in your language doing something together as we keep counting up to our 100th day.
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
- prepared journals
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
- stop watch or clock with a second hand
- large white paper
- pencils/colored pencils/crayons (for sketching animals)
- 100 small items to use as manipulatives
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 9: Imagine that for the next 100 days you can only use one of your five senses. Which sense would you want to keep? Why? How would life be different without your other four senses? Would things be easier? More difficult?
This is a good writing day to really help your children exercise some descriptive vocabulary. Encourage them to really imagine what this experience would be like and use lots of rich detail to describe it.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity– 100 forest animal sketch
I recently saw this poster and thought it was great inspiration for kids making a 100 poster of their own. They can decide which 100 forest animals they would like to fill up their poster. They could do 10 animals 10 times each or divide it up any other way they choose.
Just talk about forest animals to get started, show them the poster for some inspiration, and let them start sketching. Make sure you keep count as you go (we’ll use a tally sheet on the side) so you make sure to have 100 in the end.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 seconds of silence or 100 seconds to listen
After thinking about our senses earlier in the week, today we slow it down just a bit to spend 100 seconds in silence.
Gather your children and have them take a moment to find a comfy spot and take a few deep breaths. Give them the goal that for 100 seconds you are going to remain silent and just listen. If you have trouble getting everyone to settle, encourage them to shut their eyes to limit distractions!
What do you notice? Can you do it for a second 100 seconds?
Thursday – 100 word book – 5 forest animals
We’ll stay on topic and choose 5 forest animals (cinco animales del bosque) to add to our collection.
Here are ours for the week (in Spanish):
el mapache – raccoon
el ciervo – deer
el oso – bear
la ardilla – squirrel
el zorro – fox
Friday – Exploration – 100 counting challenge
We wrap up the week with a 100 math mystery: How many different ways can your kids count to 100?
We have done lots of practice counting by 1’s at this point, but what other ways can you get there with no remainders? Depending on the ages of your kids you may have to help out a bit but this is a great way to practice counting and adding in your language and get lots of math vocabulary practice in general.
How many ways can you come up with? If you have 100 items (any small toy or thing you have 100 of) let the kids move the items around to find ways to divide as they work to 100 and have something more concrete to work with.
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.