As of last week we are 100 days smarter! And boy were we busy learning so we can be 200 days smarter. We made crowns, we played games and puzzles, we did some writing and we made necklaces with 100 Fruit Loops. Yum! We had so many 100 Day activities that they continued through the rest of the week during literacy centres and math. We read 'Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten' and some other books about 100 and made plenty of connections. It was a great 100th day of Kindergarten!
This is the time of year when teachers across the country begin to prepare for the 100th day of school. From the very first day, our class began keeping track of the number of days we have been in school. As part of our calendar routine, we add one straw to our hundreds pocket chart, then count our straws. When we have 10 single straws, we put an elastic around them to make a group of ten and move it to the tens pocket and begin again. This daily routine is setting the foundation for learning place value. On our hundreds chart, we cross off one number each day. As we approached the end of the chart, Team Awesome began to realize that we were getting very close to the hundredth day of school. Somewhere around day 80, we began counting how many days we had left until the 'big day'. Some of the children thought that would be our last day of Kindergarten and were a bit sad. And the best part? They cheered when I told them we're only a little over halfway through. Yay!
Tuesday was Valentine's Day and for many children, Valentine's Day first becomes important in kindergarten. It's an event fraught with possibilities for hurt feelings because it can become a competitive measure of popularity. What if one child gets more valentines than anyone else? What about the kids who get only a few? What if a child doesn't get any? Many teachers and parents cope with this dilemma by insisting that valentines must be given to everyone in the class. The spirit of equal-opportunity valentines is the best solution for a classroom, but giving valentines to people for whom you don't have special feelings- or whom you may not even like- does send a confusing message to children about meaningful gift-giving. I try to use this broad gift-giving as a way to help teach the children tolerance and an appreciation of differences among their classmates. But Team Awesome is such a naturally caring group that they really wouldn't even consider not expressing their love and friendship for all the members of our class and were slightly surprised and upset when I suggested it happens. You're doing a great job!
I have taught many grades, including high school, but LOVE teaching primary.