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 11: Nov. 19 – Nov. 23
Welcome to days 51-55!
This week we continue to think about the people and things we have to be thankful for. I find that working on cultivating appreciation is something I always try to keep in the back of my mind both as a teacher and a mom. I hope this week’s activities will help your family put the focus on being thankful as you continue to find ways to encourage language use and foster language development in your children.
Enjoy watching those jars fill up and number lines grow as we continue to creep along our journey and have fun enhancing our family language learning.
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
- prepared journals
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
- large paper for 100 thankful thoughts list
- stopwatch or watch with second hand
- cardboard (for base)
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 11: If you could only talk to one person for the next 100 days who would it be? Why? Could you imagine not talking to that person for 100 days?
The journal prompt this week is a chance to do some introspection and think about people that our kids value having in their lives. Use this as a chance to have them write/talk about why they value the opportunity to talk with their selected person and how they add to and enrich their lives. Encourage them to really think about what makes the connection special and why they would choose the person they do.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity- 100 toothpick creation
It always fun to see what kids can come up with when given a set of items and time.
Using 100 toothpicks, glue and a 6×6 piece of cardboard as a base tell them to see what they can make. Will they stick with two dimensions or try for three? Will they try to create a certain object or just make an abstract design?
This open ended activity is an easy way to slip in interesting and thoughtful conversation with your kids.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 minute walk/jog
Chances are high there will be lots of eating this week, so it seems like a good excuse to get out and get some real exercise. Make sure to invite along any friends and family that are around for the holidays.
Set your timers for 100 minutes and set out on a walk/jog around the neighborhood or at the local track. If your kids are like mine it will be a combo of walking and jogging as they get bursts of energy and then need to take it slow for a bit. Put the little ones in a stroller, grab your umbrella in case of rain and use this as a way to get some air and get moving.
Thursday – 100 word book - 5 Thanksgiving words
Here are our 5 Thanksgiving words (in Spanish: palabras del día de accíon de gracias) for the week:
agradecido – thankful
agradecer – to appreciate
valorar – to value
invalorable – invaluable
dar las gracias a – to thank
Friday – Exploration – 100 thankful thoughts
Since this week finds many of us celebrating Thanksgiving, what better way to practice the number 100 than to think of 100 people and/or things that the kids are thankful to have in their lives.
This is a great exercise to work on descriptions and vocabulary in your language that you might not use in normal daily conversation and build on the thinking you started with the thankful quilt last week.
- Using a large paper make a list numbered from 1-100.
- Using this as your starting point, talk through with the kids what are the 100 people and/or things they are thankful for.
- If your children are so inclined, this activity lends itself to illustration as well.
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.
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