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 12: Nov. 26 – Nov. 30
Welcome to days 55-60!
Hard to believe but Thanksgiving is already behind us and we are headed into December, ready or not! I know that for many of you last week was busy so this week we have relaxed activities that keep us close to home and taking it easy. You will be using your imaginations and getting creative as we continue to explore on our way to 100.
Have a great time and I hope you will be with us right up until the last 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)
- large paper for 100 thankful thoughts list
- white paper (8 1/2 x 11 or larger)
- black marker
- crayons/colored pencils
- soccer or other large ball
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 12: Imagine you could have 100 toys you wish for but you had to play alone or only one toy but you could play with your friends for the next 100 days. Which option would you choose? Why?
Remember that this prompt has no correct answer. You could answer it at different times and maybe get different answers. The important part is to encourage your child to really think through the options and think about why she would make her choice. See this as a time to tease out creative thinking, creative use of language, creative time together.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity– 100 dot-to-dot creation
- On a white piece of paper make 100 dots spread randomly about the paper.
- Number them 1-100 in whatever order you choose
- Connect the dots with a pencil and see what 100 creation you have made.
- Use crayons or colored pencils to decorate your creation
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 kicks
Head outside and find the nearest sturdy fence or wall and take along your soccer ball. Our goal today is to kick the ball 100 times in a row.
- Depending on the skill level of the child have them find a comfortable distance from a wall or fence.
- Start with kicking the ball against the wall 10 times and then add 10 more each time they can successfully reach the first goal.
- Can you make it to 100? Can you make it to 150? What is your record?
If you can’t find a wall you can modify this and kick with a partner it just makes it slightly more challenging.
Thursday – 100 word book – 5 winter clothes words
Here are our 5 winter clothes words (in Spanish: cinco palabras de la ropa del invierno) for the week:
bufanda – scarf
calzoncillos largos – long underwear
lana – wool
abrigo – coat
guantes – gloves
Friday – Exploration – 10 new ways to say 100
Head to the library or the internet and find at least 10 new ways to say or write 100. Since you are already open to the ideas of having more than one language this is a great time to talk with the kids about just how many languages are out there. Do some exploring and see what new languages you discover.
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.