How to Prepare the 100th Day of School

How to Prepare for the 100th Day of School, Time4Kindergarten, 100th day of school activities for kindergartenIt's that time of year when you look at your hundreds chart and think  oh no!!! the hundredth of school is almost here and I haven't prepared. What do I do?  Have no fear.  I've got your back.  It is a day that I love.  I think about it long before it arrives.  Each year our entire school celebrates and this year I plan for it to be bigger and better than last year.

I have taken a few ideas from my Pinterest board to create a banner. A I can hardly wait for February 5th.
100th day of school ideas on pinterest, time4kindergarten
We are a primary school, which means we are only K-2nd.  Each classroom celebrates in some form.  Most classrooms will be doing some sort of 100th day project either as a family project like I do or as an in class project.  School wide we also do a canned food drive for our local food bank. I like to turn this into a math lesson.  We group the cans by tens and practice our counting.  We like to make it a friendly competition with the other classrooms too.

This year to prepare, we will be make hats on the Friday before.  We will also be coloring in the numbers for our necklaces.  This will give us plenty of time to have fun, fun, fun on Monday.
100th day of school hat, time4kindergarten
100th day of school hat, time4kindergarten
100th day of school necklace, time4kindergarten
So, what do we do on the 100th day of school? We, make a 100th day snack using a ten frame.  After they place ten items on the frame they put their snack in the bag and move on to the next bowl and fill up their ten frame again and repeat until they have moved all the way through the line.  It works so well.
100th day of school, Time4kindergarten
100th day of school snack, Time4kindergarten
Last year I made labels for their ziplock bags ahead of time;  because you know someone always puts down their bag and then they have no idea where their snack is. You can get a copy of my labels here.  I use the Avery 8163 label to print on.  All you need to do is just highlight the part that says Name and type in your students' name.  You will not be able to change any of the other text on the label. Just change names, print, stick and done.
 100th day snack label, time4kindergarten, 100th day of school
Snack Sign-Up List 
We make also make a necklace. First they color in the numbers, then cut out the circles.  Next, using a ten frame card and some Fruit Loop type cereal they count out ten pieces of cereal, string and add the number 10, then repeat adding the number 20 and so on...
100th Day of school necklace,Time4Kindergarten100th Day of school necklace,Time4Kindergarten100th Day of school necklace,Time4Kindergarten
We will be writing our numbers from 1 to 100
100th Day math, write to 100, Time4Kindergarten
We will round out the day with some writing too. 100th day writing, I wish I had 100, Time4kindergarten
We usually end our day with a school tour of all the classrooms that participated in the 100th day project.  We have so much fun walking through all the rooms looking at all the creative and unique ways to celebrate our special day.

All of these ideas can be found in my Hooray for the 100th Day pack.  
Hooray for the 100th day, Time4Kindergarten, Celebrate the 100th day of school
We only have a few weeks until our big event.  How many days do you have?

Books All About Snow

Now that Christmas is over it's time to bring out all of my snow books.  When I return.  I will be kicking off the new year with my favorite book, The Snowy Day.  I actually gave each student a copy of the book as their gift this year, thanks to Scholastic for having it for only a $1.
books all about snow

Although I only live about 4 hours from the snow.  Many of my students have never been, so I like to make snow with them.  It is so messy, but so much fun- or rather SNOW much fun.

I've been collecting Snow books for years.  these are just some of the books we will be reading in January.  You can click on any of the pictures to take you directly to Amazon.
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Making Snow
Making snow with my class is always fun.  Often it is the closest opportunity my students get to go to the snow.  We make it a fun dress-up day.  The kids wear hats, glove/mittens to really pretend they are going to the snow.  Lucky for us the weather where we live is usually cold this time of year, so the kids usually come to school with these items already.

A trip to to Costco for the giant bag of baking soda and the Dollar Store for the conditioner  and I'm set.  If they have the one that smells like raindrops- even better.  I cover the tables with butcher paper, but Dollar store table cloths work just as well. for easy clean-up.   I mix everything in dish-pans while the kids are at lunch.

Before we begin, I give a few simple directions 
Rule #1.  No flinging and flapping of hands- ( I do not want this stuff everywhere).
Rule #2. Only our hands touch the snow not our arms or elbows.

Ideally- outside would be best, but our picnic tables are located in front of other classrooms and it would disturb the other classes, so inside it is.
Making snow with kids
Snow Painting
I stated earlier that we will be reading The Snowy Day when we return back to school January 8th.  I gave each student a copy as their Christmas gift.  I have such fond memories of reading this book as a child.  One of my favorite art activities to do with this book is snow painting.
Snow Paint and easy recipe for an art project using the Snowy Day book
Have you signed up for my newsletter.  I always include freebies for newsletter subscribers.  January's Newsletter, just might include something for my favorite book.
If you aren't planning a snow themed unit when you return to school, but perhaps are thinking about penguins or polar bears then these two blog articles and resources might be of interest to you.
Penguin  books, videos and activities for kindergartenPolar bear kindergarten activities
I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season. May 2018 be the best year ever.

Teacher I'm Done

Do you cringe, when you hear the words, "Teacher I'm done?"  Sometimes I reply, "My mom didn't name me teacher".  Other times, I will say, that is just great sweetie, now do you remember what to do next?  I've almost all together have stopped that dreaded phrase.

Fast Finisher Bins are for students who finish their classroom work quickly.  Student s can work quietly on skills in the bin while their classmates finish their class assignments.

Now, my class actually knows what to do when they are finished.   They even work a little faster becasue they WANT to pick their favorite Fast Finisher Bin before someone else does.
Fast Finisher Bins are for students who fin their class work quickly.  Student work quietly at their seats while their classmates finish.
Shape Up, students match real life objects that resemble shapes, to flat and solid shapes.
Number Formation, students are learning and practicing the correct way to write numbers.  All students need extra practice with this skill.

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