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 17: Dec. 31 – Jan. 4
Days 81-85 find us starting a new year and drawing close to the end of our journey to 100!
We’ll keep the activities simple again this week as many are still winding down from the holidays. We will take some time to think back on magical moments from the last year, play with lines, take a stroll and make some wishes for the year to come.
Your jars should be getting full, your number lines starting to wrap around the room and your grids looking almost full. I hope you will stick with us in these final weeks and keep using these activities as a way to start each day with some language fun. And as we all take stock and start a new year I hope that these activities can help you keep committed to speaking your language and keeping your children connected even on those days it doesn’t come quite as easily.
Happy New Year to all!
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
- prepared journals
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 17: Think back on the last year and try to come up with the best 10 moments of the year. Write all you can about each moment and try to capture what made it magical for you. Really focus on the details of what you remember and use all your senses.
Try to use this activity as an excuse to look back on the year and talk it over in depth. This is rich with opportunity for using lots of new vocabulary and talking about things you might not always chat about.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity– 100 line drawing
This simple drawing activity will play with different kinds of lines while using your imagination. You will need a pencil, paper and some time to create.
Show your kids an example of each of five kinds of lines:
- big zig zags
- small zig zagsstraight
- big curves
- small curve
Have them draw 20 of each kind of line connecting them together or leaving them alone (let them decide) for 100 crazy lines.
What do they notice about the different kinds of lines? Which lines do they like drawing most? Least? Have them add color if they would like to add another dimension.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 10 minute stroll
Let’s start off the new year with a quick walk around the neighborhood to stretch our legs, get some fresh air and have an excuse to do some chatting in your language.
Talk about the year ahead, talk about the year that just ended, just make sure you talk and its all in the language you want to practice most.
Thursday – 100 word book – 5 words for the new year
Here is our list in Spanish:
nuevo – new
aspiración – aspiration
empezar – to start
año nuevo – new year
meta – goal
Friday – Exploration – 100 wishes for the new year
The goal of this activity is to make a list of 100 wishes for the next year, both big and small. Decide as a family whether you want to make one family list, come up with a list individually, or some combination of the two.
Feel free to include simple things like trying a new food, reading a certain book or saying thank you more often and work right through to big things like taking a trip, learning to play an instrument, meeting a new friend.
Remember, these aren’t goals, they are wishes, so have fun!
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.