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Milestones are representative of the progress we have made in life, they are the symbol of growth, perseverance and they deserve to be celebrated. Unfortunately, one very milestone that is always at the risk of being overlooked is the 100TH day of school. To many, it may not be as significant a milestone in the overall perspective of life, but for a student, it provides the opportunity to commemorate their journey in academics.
WHY CELEBRATE THE 100TH day of school
The 100th day of school celebration is a relatively new concept that has been gaining popularity with every passing year starting the last decade. As a teacher or a parent, you shouldn’t treat it as a passing fancy of the time but as a profound way of celebrating your child’s mental growth. Here are a few reasons why you should be excited about the 100th day of school:
Milestone for children, parents, and teachers alike:
For young children going to a school is a whole new paradigm. It is a different world where they need to socialize with other kids and adults alike. It is also a paradigm for parents where they have to send their children off every day. Having done this continuously for 100 days is a feat well worth celebrating. And by celebrating, we can show our appreciation for our children who have set out on their academic journey, as well as the parents and teachers who make this journey possible.
Pause and Reflect
The 100TH day of school provides an excellent time to take a step back and reflect on how these days have been. Teachers can look back to see how their students have performed, place what is worthy of acknowledgment, and figure out what the next steps will be. Parents can take the time to be proud of what their child has accomplished and give them the due praise for it. At the same time, children themselves can take the time to celebrate their academic achievements. Moments like these where we can celebrate all that the children have accomplished can be a catalyst to improving their eagerness to learn and boost their morale.
WAYS TO CELEBRATE THE 100TH day of school
The 100TH day of school is more or less a thematic event, where the number 100 is used as the concept behind every activity. Here are a few activities that you may incorporate into your 100th day schedule:
Count to a 100
Counting to a 100 is one of the most popular activities on the 100th day of school. The act of counting is less an educational task and more of a symbolic activity. Teachers often have students participate in this activity to remind students of how far they have come, where the counting represents all the days the students have spent at school.
While you are free to have them simply count to 100, we suggest making the activity a bit more fun by adding short skits to the activity. You can have students dance, move around or even sing to a 100 so that everyone can enjoy themselves even more.
100 of an Item
Another staple 100th day of school activity is to collect a 100 of any item. While students are free to bring anything, generally, these are small items, often edible ones such as froot loops or M&Ms. The concept behind this activity is to give children an idea of how much a 100 of something can be and to remind them that they have spent that many days learning.
We suggest asking students to bring in items that they can store away in a jar as a reminder of their 100th day of school. This would also be favorable among parents as they would be able to keep a memoir for the day their child scored 100 days of learning.
100TH day of school Poster
The 100th day of school poster is a class activity where all the students gather to create a poster. While the poster’s content can be different, a popular choice is to have students write 100 things about why they love school using various colors and crayons to make a very colorful piece.
You may want to prepare writing spaces in advance so that there is enough space for the students to write 100 things later on. In the end, you may want to keep the poster hanging in your classroom as a reminder till the students get promoted.
The idea behind this activity is for students to do a self-reflection where they can associate all the positive things they can with their learning adventures and school in general.
Make Shirts with 100
Another fun activity to commemorate the day is making your own shirts. Of course, to make this process as simple as possible, you should ask students to bring plain white shirts, and you can use fabric-friendly markers to draw on them. Make sure the theme resounds with 100. You can draw the number with intricate designs or leave it entirely up to the students to channel their inner artists.
A scavenger hunt can be a perfect way to celebrate the 100TH day of school. You can hide 100 of an item around the classroom or designated scavenger zones and ask your students to search for them as a team. This can channel teamwork, and of course, math skills since the students will need to keep a count of what they find.
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Whether you wish to make the 100TH day of school a big or small celebration, it is without a doubt an important milestone in a child’s life. By showing them what they have accomplished, you help them build a positive attitude towards education and help them reinforce a resilient mindset. We all need a pat on the back and positive feedback, and there is no better way than the 100th day of school for young students.