100 Days of Bilingualism – Week Nineteen

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100 Days of BilingualismWelcome 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!

In case you missed the previous posts, click here to read all of the 100 Days of Bilingualism posts.

Without further ado, let us pass things over to Maria who will lead you through another week of fantastic multilingual fun and activities…

Week 19: Jan. 14 – Jan. 18

This week finds us coming up on days 91-95.  Hard to believe so many days have passed!

Nearing the end of a collection of days always leaves me a bit pensive and this time is no different.  This week we’ll make a difficult choice, stamp with found items and paint, do some dancing, and play around with money.

We only have one more week to go after this so don’t slow down now!  Keep counting with us and we’ll see you back here next week for our final five days and the final week of our “daily three.”


Materials for the week:

  1. daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
  2. prepared journals
  3. printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
  4. 100 pennies or equivalent in your money (or use cut-outs coins)
  5. 10 dimes or equivalent in your money (or use cut-outs of coins)
  6. large paper
  7. scissors
  8. 10 colors of paint or ink
  9. 10 small objects that you no longer need or can be cleaned


Monday – 100 day journal

Journal week 19: If you could live 100 days either invisible or having the ability to fly which would you choose?  Why?  What do you think would be great about your choice?  Do you think there is any downside?  Do you think you would tire of your choice in 100 days?

Sometimes random questions take us by surprise enough to let us discover something about ourselves we were previously unaware of.  Let this fun question be a way for you and your children to chat about about how you make choices. Enjoy listening to each other as you explain why you chose the way you did.  Lots of potential for varied conversation today.


Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity– 100 found-stamp creation

Its time to get those creative juices flowing!

  • Put a different color of paint in each of 10 shallow containers (old tops or paper plates will work just fine)or put out 10 colors of ink and put them in a line.
  • Place one found object next to each color of paint.
  • Have the kids start at one end of the line and stamp each color 10 times (make sure to count!).  So, if paint number one is red with a cork stamp the child would stamp that cork ten times with the red paint and then move on to the next color.
  • They will finish with a creation made of 100 different stamps.
  • If it goes quickly and they are having fun let them try again!

Some ideas for found-stamps:
wine corks
wheels of toy cars
thread spools
pencil erasers
potato masher
pine cones


Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 power dancing

Get out your favorite family tunes (now is a great time to pull out music in your language) and get ready to let the music get you moving.

  • Pull out the stop watch and change songs every 100 seconds.
  • Encourage the kids to move in rhythm to the music, to really listen to the beat.
  • How do their bodies want to move in response to fast music, slow music…do they prefer one or the other?
  • Try to do at least 10 different song changes and have fun!


Thursday – 100 word book – 5 dancing words

Here is our list of 5 dancing words (5 palabras de bailar) in Spanish:

bailar – to dance
danza – the art of dance
música – music
ritmo – rhythm
tiempo – beat of the music

Friday – Exploration – Make $100 (or $100 worth of your money)

Using your 100 pennies (or your 100 coins) we are going to play a bit with the base ten system and explore all we can do with the groups we use to make 100.

  • First have your child make a group of 10 pennies and show them that it is equal in value to one dime.
  • Next have them make ten groups of ten pennies and again show that it is equivalent to ten dimes.
  • Now have them make a group of 100 pennies.
  • Have them discover how many groups of ten they can make.

Once they riddle out the trick to making groups of ten see if they can figure some more complicated challenges:

  1. How many pennies are in $10?
  2. How many pennies are in $100?
  3. How many pennies are in $10,000?

*feel free to cut out strips of paper and draw on pennies in groups of ten if they need to see some more concrete idea of the pennies to solve the higher numbers….explore and 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.

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