What a wonderful and connected day we all had this past Friday, during Black History Month share outs! We celebrate Black History Month to recognize the sacrifices, contributions, and achievements of African Americans to the world. In our reflections on their contributions to the world we live in today, it is important to remember the Black History happening right now. The history that our students and children will be talking about in the future.
AS A BONUS, please enjoy this LOVELY video created by Ms. Michaela (Kindergarten Teacher).
WHY EVEN CELEBRATE 100 DAYS?!
It’s a milestone for children (and teachers!):
Think about it… for children, especially young children and those in school full days for the first time, reaching the milestone of 100 days of school is a big deal. We talk about all of the learning we have done, and the learning yet to come. We discuss our favorite parts of school so far (recess, anyone?) and what we are looking forward to. We re-visit our hopes and dreams from the beginning of the year, and see if we are on our way to meeting those goals.
It’s a way to practice all of the ways to count to 100:
How many ways can you count to 100? In kindergarten, we focus on counting by 1s and 10s. Other grades spend time on 2s and 5s. As the children become older, they are adding and subtracting three digit numbers, and beginning multiplicative reasoning. 100 is a good, round number to focus on.
It’s a day that incorporates a number of math concepts:
Patterns, counting, sorting, measuring… you name it, and the concept can be utilized during this day. Our Kindergartener's necklaces are a perfect example of these math concepts!
It’s a way to combine all aspects of curriculum into a focused activity:
The 100th day of school is not only about math. We incorporate reading, writing, science, and social studies throughout the week leading up to and including the actual day itself. It’s a whole curriculum approach to learning, including the social piece of partner work, sharing collections, and dressing up in a fun and creative costume idea.
PLUS, it’s a lot of fun!
During our 100th day celebration, we play games, make pictures of ourselves at 100 years of age, eat snacks, create necklaces, glue 100 collections, and much, much more. The students and teachers here at ChangeMakers greatly enjoyed this day, which combines a lot of fun with a lot of learning.
So there you have it, the reasons why the 100th day of school is important! Enjoy the THREE DAY WEEKEND!
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