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 13: Dec. 3 – Dec. 7
Here we are in days 61-65 already!
We continue to enjoy the holiday spirit this week and keep our focus on thinking about others. We’ll make and decorate a tree, get outside to do some throwing, and come up with a list to inspire us to be kind and give to others.
As we keep going on our journey to 100 remember that in many ways each activity is just an excuse to speak your language with your child! Rather than think of the activities as something you need to check off and get finished savor the time you can spend together immersed in your language. You can stretch the activities out or shorten them as you see fit, just make sure that you use them to best fit your family and your language needs.
Have a wonderful 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)
- large green paper (at least 8 ½ x 11 but larger is better)
- brown paper
- colored paper in at least 4 colors for decorations
- small ball
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 13: If you could change places with someone for 100 days who would you be? Why? What do you think would be different? What would be the same?
At this time of year when its common for many of our children to do lots of thinking about wishes and wants this entry is a time for them to take a walk in someone else’s shoes which is always a good exercise. Taking the time to imagine life in someone else’s place is good practice for having empathy for other experiences and that is always a good thing.
This is a good topic to start talking about points of view and maybe using language you don’t use day to day. And, as always, remember its the process, not the final product that we are focusing on here.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity– 100 item tree
This time of year finds many people celebrating and if you live in North America there is a good chance that decorating a tree of some sort has been folded into your holiday celebration. There is something especially cheerful about sparking lights and the excuse to have a tree inside your house! For our art activity today you will be using colored paper to fill a paper tree with 100 decorations:
- Fold your large green paper in half lengthwise and draw the outline of a tree shape of your choice then cut out a trunk from the brown paper that fits the size
- Cut out your tree shape and glue on the brown trunk
- Using the colored paper cut out small circles or some other simple shape to use as decorations. If you have four colors you can keep it simple and make 25 of each color.
- Once you have your shapes ready glue them on as you decorate your tree.
- Set aside to dry and then enjoy your 100 shape tree
*for younger kids it would be a good idea to have 100 shapes already cut out and ready to go.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 throws
- Head outside and find the nearest sturdy fence or wall and take along your ball.
- Our goal today is to throw 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 throwing 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 200? What is your record?
If you can’t find a wall you can modify this and throw with a partner but note it will be slightly more challenging.
Thursday – 100 word book – 5 tree decorating words
Here are our 5 words for decorating a tree (in Spanish: 5 palabras para decorar un árbol) for the week:
adornos – decorations
bastón de caramelo – candy cane
luces decorativas – holiday lights
guirnalda – garland
adornar – decorate
Friday – Exploration – 100 ways to give this holiday season
Building on our growing understanding of empathy from earlier in the week today we are going to make a list of 100 ways to give this holiday season.
Start with 10 items at a time and see how quickly you can make it to 100. Remember that no gesture or thought is unworthy if it comes from your children’s hearts and use this activity to really boost your language usage.
This is a great time to talk about the different ways we can give to others starting with small, kind gestures like a kind word and a smile and moving to the other end of the spectrum with donating time, money and goods. I suggest getting everyone gathered around in a cozy spot to make this list and depending on the ages of your kids maybe take turns with who writes and records the list.
A few ideas to get you started:
- Hold the door open for a stranger at the store
- Do your siblings’ chores for the day
- Take food to the local food bank
- Take out the neighbor’s trash for them
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.