Depending on when school started in your state, it may soon be time to celebrate the 100th day of school. As the name would imply, this is the day that the kids have been in school for exactly 100 days. Your child’s teacher likely has some fun activities planned already, but she might be looking for additional ideas. You could offer to go in for a little while to help with the festivities, or you could reinforce some of the “100 Days” ideas at home! Here are some ways to observe the day:
- Show your kids how much (or how little!) one hundred is. Have them count out 100 pieces of breakfast cereal. If that seems too daunting a task, have them make ten groups of ten, five groups of twenty, or four groups of twenty-five. Better yet, if you have more than one child, give them each a different grouping to count out that adds up to one hundred. Afterward, let them eat their early-morning math lesson!
- Talk about what your child would do with $100. This can be a very entertaining discussion, as young children often have very interesting ideas about what one can actually buy for $100! If your kids have been frequent visitors to a dollar store, then be prepared to hear that they’d buy a hundred yo-yos or one hundred packages of little army men (or maybe a hundred candy bars). Encourage older kids to think out of the box a little. How many books do they think they could buy for a hundred dollars? How many pairs of shoes? What if they had to spend the money on five different items?
- Think about what was happening in your area a century ago. What types of things were different in the year 1913? Who was President? Ask your kids if they think that certain things had been invented yet (the telephone, the cellphone, television, cars, candles, airplanes), then go and look up when those things actually were invented. Who in your family was alive in 1913? Since your child probably doesn’t know anyone personally, you can frame it as “grandma’s grandma,” or “your great-great-great grandfather.”
- Another fun activity for older kids is to think about how things will be 100 years from now. In the year 2113, how will people get around from place to place? How will they communicate? What will the houses be like?
- Ask your child’s teacher how you can help. Maybe she’d like help packaging up things in quantities of one hundred: Erasers, beads, peanuts, packing peanuts, etc. Or she might need some assistance in cleaning up, after hundreds of little items are spilled in the classroom. Find out what she has planned!
When is the 100th day of school in your area? Have you ever participated in any 100th-Day celebrations?