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 18: Jan. 7 – Jan. 11
Believe it or not this week finds us creeping towards our final few weeks at days 86-90!
We will keep our routine but center a bit this week on mindfulness and keeping our slow pace. We’ll do some thinking about what in our life we could give up, do some messy hand stamping, give yoga a try and end the week with some game play.
We only have a couple weeks left so keep up the good work and keep counting and talking and living your language!
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
- prepared journals
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
- paper (watercolor paper if possible)
- can or cup for water
- washable ink
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 18: Imagine you had to give something up for 100 days. What would be the hardest thing in your life to do without? What would be the easiest? Why? Do you think you would want it back after the 100 days? Why?
It is so easy for our lives to become full of things, people, experiences, tasks. Today’s entry is a chance to chat with your children about what matters most in their lives, finding priorities, making choices. Lots of opportunity to practice your language in a varied and real way.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity– 100 hand-print creation (or 100 finger-print creation)
Using the group of ten we carry with us all the time we are going to get a little messy and stamp 10 hand prints to make a 100 finger creation.
Let the children decide whether they want to use their hand prints to create the background they use for a picture they embellish with markers and crayons afterwards or just a free form creation with their prints.
*if you don’t have ink pads any kind of washable paint will work just as well.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 10 x 10 yoga (10 poses for 10 minutes each)
Our family has found that yoga is a great way to relax and center our energy and get our mind clear for the day ahead. Today we will use this as a way to perhaps explore (or find!) some new vocabulary in your language while you get moving for the week. Who knows, perhaps this will grow into a daily ritual.
If you don’t already know yoga for kids visit one of the sites below and find 10 yoga poses that you like or want to try. Read over the directions and look at the pictures to make sure you understand them well before jumping in. Take your time and be centered for each pose. The goal is to have at least 10 mindful minutes for this 10×10 yoga activity.
If you need vocabulary in your language do a quick google search for “kids yoga” in your language and you should be able to find a good list.
Websites for pose ideas:
- www.susankramer.com/yogaespanol.html (in English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Greek and German)
- www.yogainbound.org/ws/hatha-yoga/27-yoga-infantil (Spanish)
- www.namastekid.com/learn/kids-yoga-poses/ (English)
- yogainmyschool.com/yoga-101/poses/alphabetical-list-of-poses/ (English)
Thursday – 100 word book – 5 yoga words
Here is our list of 5 yoga words (5 palabras de yoga) in Spanish:
postura – pose
estirar – stretch
flexionar – bend
posición – position
mover – to move
Friday – Exploration – 100 minutes of game play
Gather your favorite family games and set aside 100 minutes for some Friday fun.
I find that playing games with the kids is a great way to encourage language use in a fun, natural and stress free way. I’ll share some of our family favorites here but really any game you can play as a group will work just fine. Also note that while these games are all in English when we play them we do any talking in Spanish and even come up with Spanish names for the pieces if there isn’t a clear translation. You are encouraged to do the same in your language.
We also own several games that are in Spanish and I encourage you to have a few games in your own language as well if possible. I think its important and inspiring for them to see cool games come in all languages.
Some of our favorites:
- Go Fish (or really any card game you enjoy!)
- Sleeping Queens
- Settlers of Catan Jr.
- Dice War (you can find the rules online and use any dice you have at home)
- The Secret Door
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.
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