100th Day of School

Is it Friday yet?!? Here’s my week so far: Parent-Teacher Conferences until 6:00 Monday night.  Parent-Teacher Conferences until 7:00 Tuesday night.  Field trip on Wednesday plus church Wednesday night.  And the 100th day of school today.

….AND tomorrow is Valentine’s Day party and such!!

Whew!  I’m exhausted.  It’s a super fun week, but there is laundry piled up to the clouds, my floors haven’t been mopped in a week and my sweet mother-in-law ran and unloaded my dishwasher for me while keeping Cooper or else I’d have dishes piled to the ceiling.  Whew!

It’s all good though because my firsties have had a blast this week.  And so have I!

Today we celebrated the 100th day of school.

But it was actually the 103rd day of school.

But it should have been the 114th day of school. Thanks, snow days!

I think this is the first year that I have celebrated the 100th day and Valentine’s Day in the same week.  I guess that’s why I decided to make our “100 years smarter” doorway hanger Valentine’s style this year…

Moving on….

Our whole grade level always dresses up like we are 100 years old.  It’s so fun…and {bonus!} our classrooms always smell like baby powder!  Here are {most} of my awesome teammates.  One sweet teammate was out of state today and the other is preggers and decided against dressing up like a pregnant 100 year old lady…{Sarah from the Bible, anyone??}  But seriously, these 6 ladies I teach with are amazing! It’s not often that a team of 7 teachers can work together as well as we do, but I’m am proud to call them all some of my dearest friends! Aren’t they precious??

Not all of my kids chose to dress up, but we did get an awesome picture with the ones who did! Darn privacy rules keep you from seeing their sweet old people glasses, mustaches, and unibrows! They were fantastic!  My two sweeties with the canes played the part and wobbled around the room and down the hallway.  All. Day. Long.  So fun!

We did lots of activities from this 100s Day Packet today! They are tried and true and have stood the test of 8 years.  I just don’t get tired of some of this fun stuff!

We made 100s Day trail mix with a twist this year…by accident…I send home a note {included in the packet} asking some parents to bring in a specific item.  We usually ask for cheerios, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, raisins, goldfish, pretzels, m&m’s, peanut m&m’s, peanuts and marshmallows. But apparently this year goldfish were actually animal crackers and white chocolate chips were chocolate animal crackers!  Ha! It was great though.  Just funny! The kids loved rotating through the trail mix stations and counting out their snacks.  We did this first thing this morning and snacked all through the day!

Then, we did the Then & Now slideshow included in the packet.  We looked at pictures of airplanes, cars, sports, phones, schools, families and first graders from 100 years ago.  This year, my kids were OBSESSED with the fact that nobody smiled for pictures 100 years ago. Maybe they weren’t happy because they didn’t have computers! Maybe they didn’t like smiling! Maybe they didn’t like wearing weird clothes! They were seriously cracking me up!  We also sorted pictures into “Then” and “Now” categories using this slide:

During math, we played Race to 100.  Partners take turns rolling a die and adding that many numbers on their blank 100s chart.  The person to get to 100 wins!  We only had about 15 minutes for them to play because our day was so packed, but I think they could have played all morning! It’s a first grade favorite!

During all of our games and independent activities, we listened to “100 year old” music…instead of our usual classical music.  They loved listening to different music today and even bounced to the beat.  Gave a whole new meaning to “Whistle While You Work…” Here’s the album we listened to.

After that, we wrote about what our lives might be like when we are 100 years old.  We reviewed and discussed future tense verbs and talked about the need to use them when we are talking about what WILL happen when we are 100 years old.  This is hands down, my favorite thing to do each year on our 100th day!  Their writing is just priceless.  We made a 100 year old self-portrait to go with our writing {a teammate of mine found the frame on Pinterest a few years ago, and I can’t seem to track down the link…the writing paper is in the 100s Day packet, though!}

If you were to look at my teammates’ portraits, you would see super cute cotton ball hair.  Not on mine.  I have issues with cotton balls.  That story is for another time though…

“I might wear glasses and I also might enjoy going to the mall with my grandchildren.  I’ll maybe have wrinkles.”

I love the curly hair on the left and the “gaudy” earrings!

 I believe this little guy thinks he might be the Incredible Hulk at 100.

Check out this one…you just can’t make this stuff up!

Omigoodness, what a day!  I think I laughed all day long!  As exhausting as some weeks are, teaching 6 year olds is just plain fun when you are surrounded by such amazing people!

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