As most Kindergarten classes do across the nation, our students celebrated the 100th Day of School after counting and tracking each day all school year! To prepare for this upcoming event, the Kindergarten students learned important facts and skills pertaining to 100. The celebration of 100 days in kindergarten was first introduced in the 1981- 82 Newsletter of the Center for Innovation in Education. Today, the sheer quantity of 100th Day related books, activities, and merchandise is mind-boggling. It’s tempting to try and do everything 100-related, and our kindergarteners would claim we probably did! January 23rd was a fun-filled day of hands-on activities, games, tasty treats, and lots of parent volunteers who joined us to share in the celebration.
The 100th day is not just about math. This easily becomes a cross-curricular celebration. Students worked in small groups to write 100 words for a class display. After we collected 100 words, students worked in teams to alphabetize them. We wrote and illustrated about what we will look like when we are 100 using our individually aged photos from an aging application as inspiration, and wrote a sentence about what our “100” turned into! Students worked in teams to try and build a tower of 100 solo cups, raced against the clock in boy and girl teams to try and pick up 100 pieces of paper, and used Sharpies to work on 100th Day sun catchers. Some of our most popular events included a “zero” eating contest, creating “Derdnuh” (10 each of 10 different snacks), creating necklaces of 100 beads, the 100 balloon drop, and of course getting photos with the teachers who turned into 100 year old ladies just for the day!