The 100 days of school is approaching and for some it may have already passed. Due to our storm and those days off it was set back so will be celebrating it on February 25th this year. It’s a chance for children to celebrate and recognize their achievements. It’s important to begin counting the days of school right from the very first day. Also make it a point to remind the children that we will be celebrating and recognizing the first 100 days. Explain to them why it’s important and the reasons behind them doing so.
A few things you can tell them to try so they don’t feel rushed when the 100 day arrives are:
- Keeping a journal everyday of what they have learned- documenting the grade. What was so special about your day? Have you learned something new? Did anything surprise you today? Is there something new you would like to try at home?
- Collect the same item every day for one hundred days- maybe one hundred Hershey Kisses or one hundred skittles.
- Have them write a letter to their teacher or a friend everyday – 100 letters written.
More great activities to enhance your child’s writing & thinking skills can be:
- Print out a copy of a $100 dollar bill and ask the children if they had one hundred dollars what would they do with it? They need to provide you with a break down of how they would spend it and explain why they chose to spend it this way. This enables the children to strengthen up on their math skills.
- Those who know me know that I am big on literacy. Why not have them document the first 100 books they have read? This serves as an incentive – you read 100 books and you can read 200 more. Create a number for them to achieve by the end of the year so they have a goal to work toward.
The Night Before the 100th Day of School by Natasha Wing
The story is about a little boy who can’t think about what to bring for the 100th day of school celebration. A perfect example of why NOT to leave it for the last minute. I would read this book right at the start of the school year to remind the children of the importance of thinking about how they are going to celebrate. The selection provides the children with ideas so that they anticipate the 100th day.
Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
This text is great proof how early we can get children involved in the love of education. This story focuses on a Kindergarten class and provides details throughout the story of things that can be collected to celebrate the 100 days. Again, another great way to have your child’s creative juices flowing. A wonderful opportunity for parents to assist their children and stress the importance of education.
Emily’s First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells
This read aloud is an all time favorite as it is the author of Max & Ruby which can be seen on Nickjr. The children get really excited seeing the characters displayed throughout the selection and they are exposed to the visuals of the numbers up to 100.
If you read the book from the very beginning of the start of school each number will correspond. The children will see the number and the word form for the number as well. A great way to teach the children identifying/recognizing numbers and the number in written form.
How will you be celebrating the first 100 days of school with your child? Please share and comment below!