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 15: Dec. 17 – Dec. 21
This week already finds us on days 71-75!
As we find ourselves nearing the end of our journey I hope that you and your children have found a rhythm that ensures you have a designated time each day to be together in your language and just enjoy exploring and creating together as you watch your jar fill up and your number line grow.
This week we’ll remember our favorite moments of the year, get our bodies moving inside, fill the house with snow and think about baking something yummy in the kitchen.
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)
- white tissue paper
- masking tape
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 15: Think back on the last 100 hours and choose a favorite moment. Describe every detail. Where where you? Who were you with? Use all your senses to remember. Was there a smell that comes to mind? How did you feel? See if you can use so much details that the person reading it could imagine experiencing that same moment.
This is a good exercise for talking about details and description. Feel free to pull out a thesaurus and look for new words. Have her read it aloud and see if you can close your eyes and imagine her moment. If you take dictation (she tells you out loud and you write it down) you can read it aloud at the end and see if everyone thinks her words capture what she was thinking about.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity– 100 snowflakes
When I lived in Hawaii, and there was no hint of snowfall, kids in my classroom always had fun cutting out paper snowflakes. There is just something magical about unfolding your creation to discover what will become of all your careful cuts. Today we’ll use thin tissue paper which makes easy cutting even for little hands and a delicate background for the more skilled cutters.
- Using the white tissue paper cut out 100 squares of various sizes.
- Get your creative juices flowing and see what different styles of snowflakes you can make.
- Experiment with using straight lines versus curved lined.
- This is a great activity for practicing your language and talking about shape, lines and design.
- When you are finished use them to decorate. We’ll be taping ours to the windows.
*If you need help on folding and cutting out snowflakes, a quick google search will get you going in no time.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 10 x 10 obstacle course
Find a room in your house you don’t mind the kids moving around in and get out the masking tape. Its time to make an indoor obstacle course!
Using the tape mark your path and make 10 activities for your kids to move through in a row then see if they can complete it 10 times. Adjust the activities according to the abilities of your kids and the space you have to move in. Make sure to fill the fun with lots of language talking about what you are doing.
Some ideas are:
- walking along a line like a balance beam
- jumping over a line of time with one foot
- jumping over a line of tape with two feet
- broad jumping over multiple lines of tape
- jumping from one x of tape to another
- crawling along a length of tape
- crawling under a high chair
- jumping side to side over a line of tape
- barrel rolling from one x of tape to another
- walking on tip toes along a length of tape
- crab walking from one place to another
- walking around a chair or other piece of furniture
Thursday – 100 word book – 5 baking words
Here are our 5 baking words for the week:
horno – oven
hornear – to bake
espátula – spatula
batir – to mix
bandeja de galletas – cookies sheet
Friday – Exploration – 100 favorite moments of 2012
This week sees us nearing the end of the calendar year and we often use it as a time to think back on what we have done and remember things that were especially happy or important for our family.
We’ll adapt this to make a list of your 100 favorite moments of the year. As always decide based on the needs of your family if individual or a group list would work better. This conversation is full of potential for lots of rich and interesting conversation to get your language muscles really working.
Have fun looking back on the year!
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.