Sunday, February 28, 2010

100 Days of Kindergarten

While I was in Minnesota, Gavin's class celebrated 100 days of learning. Parents were invited to come to school to help with the days activities. At Gavin's request I went and his Mom took my place with her nieces. No small feat. She took Gavin to his school and then came to get me and the girls (after Maya was on her way to her school on the bus). She led me to Gavin's room and then took the girls back to their house for a bit, then came back to get me when his day was over. Confused yet?
Gavin was happy to have me there ........ everyone already knew I was coming. They already knew that I was Gramma Kathy and that I had come all the way from Missouri and that I had come just for this event! I didn't correct them.

Everything was ready when the "volunteers" arrived. Gavin's teacher is very organized. She had work centers set up to celebrate the day. All the centers involved 100, usually in sets of 10. I was assigned to 100 stars. Each child was to take a clipboard on which a sheet was clipped with 100 numbered blocks on it. There were numbered stars taped to the walls and cabinets and chalk boards around the room. They were given 4 crayons in the 4 primary colors and were to find the star and color the numbered block the same as the star. There was a definite pattern going on and it was fun to see how long it took the kids to realize they did not have to go find each star. Most of the girls found it after coloring 10 blocks and most boys after 20 or more. Well, except for the two little boys who decided to cheat and copy each other.
As you can see Gavin is wearing a necklace of fruit loops ........ 10 of each color. They had 10 snacks to count 10 pieces of each. This seemed to take forever as each child carefully counted 10 skittles, 10 marshmallows, 10 cheerios, etc.
This was on Tuesday and one of the mothers was nice enough to take a picture of us. I was fairly well rested. The pictures taken on Friday were a little unsettling to look at! I have rested a lot since getting home!



7 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i remember doing 100 days last year with mine...so much fun. you know he loved having you there...

houndstooth said...

100 Day is always so much fun! I'm so glad you got to share it with Gavin! He'll remember that for a long time!

Mamma has spoken said...

100 day is so much fun to celebrate each year! We celebrated ours some time ago though. Makes me wonder when their school will let out for summer?

ellen abbott said...

Well, I've never heard of that, celebrating 100 days of learning. sounds like a fun event.

jojo said...

I've never heard of it either but it looks like a lot of fun. Especially for the grandma's...you look great! Glad you had a good time. take care..;p

Whitney Lee said...

What a great way to learn the numbers. How fantastic that he wanted you there! It's quite obvious you're a favorite with him! He's quite the handsome one, isn't he?

Pat said...

What a special time for Gavin to have his special Grandma there! Doesn't the class know you from the other blog?

I never heard of the 100 days, but it's a clever way to get the kids to learn and a fun way, too!