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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy 100th Day of School!

My daughter already celebrated her 100th Day of 1st grade a few weeks ago, but due to many snow days and a later start, today is the 100th Day of preschool for my little guy. In honor of this day, the kids have to prepare a 100th Day Project. This project is something containing or adding up to 100 things to show the class. It's a great way to teach the concepts of grouping and counting by 10's and multiplying.

For my daughter's preschool 100th Day Project a few years back, she decided to draw 100 flowers on a poster board, so we divided the board into 10 sections. I suggest spreading this project out for a week or so, chipping away at it a little at a time to suit their short attention spans. Even though we spread her project out over several days, it became tedious for her. The first 30 flowers look great- tulips, daisies, roses; lots of colors, some even had stems and leaves. The rest, were all the same color, no leaves and barely distinguishable as flowers. They looked more like 60 pieces of purple popcorn. 


Caramelized Bacon Popcorn at Popcorn Fanatic
Speaking of popcorn, students also have to bring 100 edible items for a 100th Day "Stew" for snack time. Imagine a giant bowl of marshmallows, raisins, pretzels, cereal and M&M's. We always make popcorn for the stew, although this year, I may stop by Popcorn Fanatic on Silas Creek (Toys R Us shopping center) and get some flavored popcorn for the stew. Not sure that their caramelized bacon or dill pickle would be a hit with the preschoolers, but maybe custom Carver High School flavor, blueberry lemonade? But then again, Kernel Kustard's popcorn flavor of the day is lemon meringue pie....


Our Lego city of 10x10 buildings
Learning from our lesson with the flowers, this year I decided to go with a simpler project, which he finished in under 10 minutes. One word - Legos. I had him stack them by tens. 10 by 10, bagged 'em, and we're done. Easy peasy lemon squeezey. Ahh.... Happy 100th Day! If all problems could be turned into Legos, then homework would be a joy! Show me your great 100th Day ideas!

Link:

Popcorn Fanatic
Scholastic's 100th Day Ideas

2 comments:

  1. SWEET! I think projects like this are fun - at least for a while. If it lasts too long for the kids, they sometimes think the fun has been sucked right out of it. Sounds like you did a good job keeping the fun factor strong. LEGOS are fantastic!

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  2. Love it! Was just telling my husband about this project that the Trackers were doing and said "we could do Legos next year!" Guess you beat me to it!!

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