Depending on when you started the academic year — and how many snow days you’ve had so far — the 100th day of school should be any day now. For my son’s kindergarten class, that day is today.
I had never heard of this “celebration” before. This was not something that I remember from my own elementary school experience. I had only learned about it this past summer when I started reading books about “kindergarten” to help my son prepare for school. All of them, and I’m talking at least a dozen of the books I read to my son, had at least one page devoted to this very special day of days at school.
The 100th day of school is literally the 100th day of the school year. Many elementary school teachers use it to teach various mathematical concepts that can be taught using the number 100. From the very first day of school, his class has kept track of the number of days they’ve been in school in anticipation of the 100th day. Some classes marked off the days on a calendar while others used things such as coffee stirrers or Popsicle sticks to count off each day, with each group of ten days becoming a “ten bundle,” which paved the way to teaching the kids how to count to 100 by both ones and tens.
A few weeks ago my son’s teacher sent home a flyer detailing his 100th Day of School Homework. My son needed to gather 100 items that would fit into an empty 16 oz water bottle. It would be his responsibility to count out the items, and make sure he had the correct amount in his bottle. He would bring the filled bottle into school on February 21, his 100th day and his teacher would put all the student’s bottles on display in a Kindergarten “100th Day Museum.”
Though he had weeks to complete the assignment, he was so excited; he completed it the same night the flyer came home. He knew exactly what he wanted to collect….
He counted out 100 paper clips….
I really like this concept and wish it was around when I was in school. Maybe I would have been more interested in math if it had been broken down in this fun, educational way. My son loves math and numbers, and I’m proud to say he’s pretty good at it! We attended a Family Math Night at his school last week and he did not get frustrated once during the many math games we played. I could really see him working things out on paper, his fingers and in his mind.
While playing with LEGO® the other night I asked my son why he was so excited about the 100th Day of School. He told me with a huge smile on his face that it is because he’s 100 days smarter than when he started kindergarten. He went back to building and then looked up at me to add, with a big smirk on his face, that he overheard one of the teachers saying that once they hit 100 days, there’s only 80 days of school left before summer vacation starts!
I guess it’s a happy thought for a little boy in the middle of a cold & snowy winter. I don’t care as long as he can count down the days!
Now it’s your turn to share. If you had to bring in 100 items of something, what would it be?
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