But this year........ things were different........ First of all, because we postponed the official day, we had some time to actually plan and prepare. Most importantly, though, is the fact that I spent some time reading and researching how other teachers celebrated their 100th day of school. I found ideas that I liked and refined them into something that would work for my kiddos.
MY 100th DAY COUNTING MAT. This was such an awesome way to organize the 100 items that the kids sent to school! As they were working, I heard conversations such as this, "Why do I have 2 left over? "Maybe you should count your piles again and see if you have 10 in each one." "Oh, yea, I only have 8 in this pile!" Wow - what amazing math talk!
The second most exciting change was our Fruit Loop necklace. I have been trying for YEARS to find a way to make this activity more user friendly. I have tried this necklace so many ways throughout the years; yarn with the ends taped, plastic string, cotton string.... all of these ended up being so frustrating for my little kinders as well as me! If they could get the Fruit Loops through the string, then they would lose count, get frustrated, and give up. So this year ..... TA DA!!!! I found a way that worked wonderfully and my kinders were able to do most of it entirely by themselves - woo hoo!
Here is what we did.....
I cut craft stems in half and the children placed one stem in each circle on their counting mat. This was the first set of 10. Then they added 10 Fruit Loops to each stem. When they had completed each stem, we twisted them together and VOILA - a Fruit Loop necklace with no tears and 100 Fruit Loops! ALL my kinders completed this necklace and that is the first time in 17 years that has happened!
Have a great rest of the week!