Welcome back to 100 Days of Bilingualism!
For the past 19 weeks, you received a week’s worth of multilingual activities that you were able to do at home with your children. We are now at the end of our 100 days journey! This is week 20 – our last and final week of our 100 Days of Bilingualism!
We hope you will enjoy this final post from Maria, a former school teacher who is currently homeschooling her four children in Spanish and English. She has been your 100 Days of Bilingualism guide these past 19 weeks. She loves to hear from you, so please leave comments about how your own 100 days journey went!
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Without further ado, let us pass things over to Maria who will lead you through this final week of fantastic multilingual fun and activities…
Week 19: Jan. 21 – Jan. 25 (Final Week!)
This is the week we reach 100!
Believe it or not this is our last week as we complete our journey to 100 on Friday. We will write a letter to our 100 year old self, paint, move our bodies, reminisce about the last 100 days and end our week with a hearty stew.
This week you will fill the last 5 spaces on your 100 grid, put the last 5 items in your 100 jar and write the last 5 numbers on your number line. As you finish these tasks for the last time on Friday take a few minutes to talk about them. What have the kids noticed? Do they feel like it took a long time to reach 100 days? Did it pass quickly for them? Did they predict the jar would fill as much as it did? What do they notice about their grid?
Day by day we have put in lots of time and completed a fun filled, language rich adventure to 100 days of bilingualism! I hope that you have enjoyed the experience as much as I have and hope most of all that this 100 days has helped you to develop routines and make discoveries that will help you as you continue on your journey of being a bilingual family.
Happy 100 day and congratulations on completing this awesome adventure with us!
Materials for the week:
- daily three (number line, 100 jar, 100 day grid)
- prepared journals
- printed 100 word book page (one for each child)
- large paper
- paint brushes
- ingredients for stew (see below)
Monday – 100 day journal
Journal week 20: Write a letter to your 100 year old self. Make sure to include a little about what your life looks like now; your likes and dislikes; your hopes and dreams for your future self; your fears and concerns now and for the future. Also include a bit about what the world around you is like now, and what you think it might be like in 100 years.
Today’s journal prompt is a way to take a look at our present day and also look ahead to all the years we have on the horizen. There is so much possibility in 100 years that you could never cover all that might happen. But what fun to talk about what life is like today, and think a bit about the future as well.
Tuesday – Creating/Art Activity– 100% creative language painting
Before you start this project, talk about the fact that you have been working together and enjoying this special time in your language for art once a week for the last 19 weeks. Then do the following:
- Set up the large paper on an easel, the floor or a table depending on what your family prefers.
- Invite your child to paint what she feels when she thinks about speaking in your language.
- Let her interpret what that looks like and just let her create.
- Feel free to put on some music in your language in the background to set the mood and paint.
- If you have the space join in and do the same.
- If time allows talk about the paintings afterwards and let her tell you a bit about what she was feeling.
Wednesday – Get Moving Activity – 100 minutes of movement
For this last “get moving Wednesday” I’m going to set the time but let you decide how to move your bodies:
- Look back over the past 19 weeks and choose your favorite activities to fill your 100 minutes
- Or better yet, come up with a new idea of your own.
- Finish with a strong 100 minutes of moving around and getting your bodies busy!
Thursday – 100 word book – 5 words to remember
Here are my family’s 5 words to remember (5 palabras para recordar) in Spanish:
acordarse – remember
rememorar – reminisce
memoria – memory
recuerdo – memento
impresionante – memorable
Friday – Exploration – 100 day soup on our 100th day
On our last day we’ll end our journey to 100 with a 100 day stew. Like stone soup, the secret to this stew lies not so much in the 100+ ingredients but in the fact that there is no secret recipe.
I will share the list of ingredients we’ll be using at our house but feel free to substitute or change as necessary to work for your house. We like to eat this with a loaf of crusty bread, a few slices of hard cheese and a salad. Most importantly use this 100 day stew as a way to end our 100 day adventure with a witty conversation while you fill your bellies with healthy, delicious food.
- chicken stock
- 100 black beans
- 100 red beans
- 100 pinto beans
- 100 lentils
- 100 grains of rice
- 100 pieces of browned sausage (we use about three links cut into very small pieces)
- two bay leaves
Combine all ingredients in a large dutch oven and fill with chicken stock to about two inches above ingredients (add water if you don’t have enough stock). Bring the pot to a rolling boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for at least three hours. You can let it simmer all day and the flavors just keep getting better. Add salt and pepper to taste.
**If you can soak the beans the night before, if not do a quick boil of the beans first.
We hope you enjoyed these 100 Days of Bilingualism! We had a wonderful time having you along for this language adventure!
Make sure to let Maria know if you have any questions about activities during this (or previous) weeks. For those of you who are just starting this adventure now, make sure to set up things during the preparation week – it will make your 100 days move along smoothly and enjoyably.
Hope you will continue many more rounds of 100 Days of Bilingualism all on your own!
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.