I can not believe how quickly the last 100 days have passed…zoom! We celebrated this special milestone ALL day! The morning began with the centenarians arriving at a little slower pace than usual.
When the students entered kindergarten, they were surprised to see (or not see) 100 chocolate kisses hidden around the classroom. Their goal throughout the day was to find these chocolate kisses and match the number written on the bottom to our 100 chart.
Then it was time for our 100th Day Collections parade. Each student in the Lower School collected 100 items to display at their workspace. Look at all these unique ideas!
Next up was a round of eight very special 100th Day-themed centers. (Thank you, Marsha McGuire!)
100 beads for a 100th-day necklace
What can you build with 100 cups?
or 100 marshmallows?
or 100 LEGO bricks?
Stamping 100 gumballs.
Ordering numbers 0-100
Busy, busy! After lunch and in the middle of a HAIL storm, the Lower School enjoyed 100 cupcakes!
The fun wasn’t over yet….the kindergarteners made 100th Day trail mix.
Time for an afternoon nap. This old lady is tired!
Valentine’s Day came a little early to Kindergarten this year! I planned our parent party for first thing this morning. I wanted there to be several activities that the parents could engage in with their child. Take a look at these fun activities!
Race to see how many pompoms you can blow into the bucket in one minute.
Make a three-dimensional shape using heart-shaped gummies and toothpicks.
Stack the conversation hearts! Students used tongs to see how many hearts they could stack in one minute.
Weave a heart-shaped placemat.
Bead a Valentine’s themed necklace.
I also made a photo wall and took pictures throughout the event.
We ended this part of the morning with each student reading their special Fill Up Our Hearts notes that we have been writing. (Read more about this project here:)
Besides learning how to read and do math, Kindergarten is an important time for children to learn how to be a good friend and to realize how what they say or do affects others. One way that concretely teaches these concepts is to have students visualize a bucket above their heads. When they say or do something kind or someone does something positive for them, a drop of water is added to the bucket. If the child is sad or angry or someone says something unkind to them, a drop of water falls out of the bucket. We talk a lot about being “bucket fillers.” There is a wonderful book that illustrates this concept beautifully:
After reading this book aloud to the class, I introduced a special project. Over the course of two weeks, the kindergarteners would be working to fill up the hearts of their classmates by writing everyone a special note. I showed students the template that I created to help with this process:
I wrote an example for the students that demonstrated just how personal I wanted each of the notes to be:
I showed the students how we would “fill up” each others’ hearts with these heartfelt notes, reading them aloud with our parents at our Valentine’s Day party.
The students were eager to get started.
They were encouraged to use best guess spelling, spaces between words, beginning capitalization, and ending punctuation.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the thoughtful notes:
I am so excited to see the children’s reactions when they read their special notes.