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 16: Dec. 24 – Dec. 28
Days 76-80 here we come!
As this busy holiday week rolls around we find ourselves creeping towards the end of our journey. I know this is a busy week for many so we’ll keep the activities short and sweet and hope this week is relaxed and happy for all.
This week we’ll think about our favorite gift, get busy for 100 seconds, make a sticker story, and do some building with 100 items.
Have a happy holiday week and make sure you squeeze in some language practice and have fun doing it!
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
- prepared journals
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
- stopwatch or clock with second hand
- 100 holiday (or any small item) stickers
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 16: What is the best gift you ever received? What made it so special? Why did you like it so much? What do you remember about receiving it?
Today’s prompt is a good way to talk with your child about receiving gifts, which is a nuanced and not always easy practice. Talk about what the experience is like as both the giver and the receiver.
- How can you be the best at both?
- What are some good and bad memories they have of exchanging gifts?
Lots to talk about here which means a lot of opportunity to boost your language practice. As always, don’t focus on right answers, let your child really do some thinking and sharing.!
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity– 100 holiday sticker story
As holiday stickers go on clearance this week grab a few stacks of stickers and let your kids count out their 100 favorite stickers and illustrate a 100 sticker story.
I’m always surprised by the interesting tales they can come up with when given a new book of stickers as inspiration.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 seconds challenge
Today we’ll take a few minutes to see what you can do in 100 seconds to get moving. I’ll share a few of our ideas but feel free to go out on your own and make your own list.
In 100 seconds how many times can you:
- jump up and down?
- touch your toes?
- bounce a ball?
- hop on one foot?
- sit down and stand back up?
Thursday – 100 word book – 5 party words
Here are our 5 party words (5 palabras de fiesta) for the week in Spanish:
festín – feast
bufé – buffet
brindar – toast
luz de vela – candlelight
picotear – snack
Friday – Exploration – 100 toy build
Pull out your child’s favorite type of building toy or toys (blocks, legos, tinkertoys…) and help them count out 100 pieces and get to building. For older kids they may want to try more than one set of 100.
Don’t forget to take a picture!
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.