Downloadable Resources by Think Bilingual Austin:
Download the weekly activity checklist for language learning in the links below:
Weekly Checklist of Activities for Language Learning in Spanish & English
Think Bilingual Austin has put this useful Bilingual Passport program together to help parents plan for their journey to help raise bilingual children. The Think Bilingual Passport is a useful tool to help parents:
- Evaluate reasons for pursuing bilingualism,
- Set goals and intentions and
- Create an action plan to follow.
Test your BQ (Bilingual Quotient) and become a bilingual expert with this fun Fact or Myth Flash Card Game!
- Use this activity set to learn about the commonalities that exist between Mexico and India.
- Create a scavenger hunt at home or at the grocery market to find common foods and spices and learn what they are called in Spanish and English.
- Create labels for your spice rack to learn what the words are in Spanish and/or Hindi.
- Make authentic Mexican and Indian dishes with the spices or create your own fusion.
- Make your own paper crepe marigolds to celebrate festivals in each culture.
- Meet people and make new friends with those who have cultural ties to either country.
Social gatherings have always centered around food, no matter what country or society you are from. For agricultural based communities worldwide, harvest time, when food is most abundant, has always been an extra special time for families and communities to come together to celebrate, express gratitude for their harvest and begin preparations for the long period until the next harvest season. This month, we celebrate this tradition of Thanksgiving with fun multicultural and multilingual activities that are fun for the entire family.
Click on the link below to download the Harvest/La Cosecha activity file by Think Bilingual Austin.
Included in the pdf file are:
- Picture cards for common harvest words in Spanish and in English. Use these cards to make a fun memory game, flashcards, and bilingual labels for your Thanksgiving feast!
- Legends and history of corn dolls/corn dollies from Native American and European folklore. Human artistic expression, stories that give our lives meaning and the connection we have to the food that sustains us are part of our shared multicultural experience.
- Activity sheet in Spanish & English to write or draw inside the pumpkin what you give thanks for this harvest season. Share with other what you are most thankful for this season!
- Craft idea to do with the activity set: Make a Corn Doll!
Celebrations of Hope, of Light overcoming Darkness, of Good overcoming Evil, and of Family and Giving to Others
Celebrate the joy and beauty as we approach the winter solstice with a broader understanding of the importance of light in our own festivities and of that in celebrations around the world. Click on the Celebrations of Light Printables for activities and information on various celebrations and traditions that are centered around light.
Highlight the Celebration of Light with your children by making a candle holder out of clay and mosaics.
What you will need:
- Air Dry Clay
- Tea Light
- Mosaics or beads of choice
Provide the child with a ball of soft air-dry clay. Allow them to press it down and to shape it into a desired shape.
Instruct the child to press the tea light into the clay to provide a opening in the mold for the tea light placement when dry.
Decorate the clay with mosaics or beads. Make sure that they are pressed into the clay well enough so that they do not come out easily after the clay has dried.
Remove the tea light to allow for drying. Let the clay candle holder sit undisturbed for at least 24 hours or until completely dry.
Once dry, place a tea light inside and enjoy! You may also choose to put in an electronic tea light instead of a real candle for young children to enjoy.