I wanted to get a jump start on the 100th day this year since I've talked to so many teachers who are in the process of planning theirs. This may be premature, but hopefully a few of these ideas will help you as your plan your 100th day celebration this year!! I know I like to be prepped and ready even though I'm most known for flying by the seat of my pants :) This is one of those days that deserves thoughtful consideration because it can be SO MUCH FUN for you AND your kids!!! And SO very full of meaningful learning and content at the same time :)
For the first few years of my teaching career, I didn't think the 100th day of school was all that. I mean sure...it was special. SUPER special (for lack of a better description). But I didn't invest much time in planning because I guess I didn't think it was THAT big of a deal. Oh, how naive.
As the years passed, I realized I was missing out on a pretty cool celebration. I started to become a bit more intentional with planning the days festivities. At the time, that consisted of decorating 100 day crowns, making 100 day Froot Loop necklaces, and indulging in a 100 Day snack. Perfectly perfect.
Then I switched schools & districts. My eyes were opened. The 100th Day of school was a HUGE deal. Our whole campus celebrated with a balloon release. Pretty. stinkin. awesome.
And we reminisced about 100 things we learned in the first 100 days of school...
The I made a big move 4 hours south and started teaching at a Kindergarten campus. My administrators value and celebrate every milestone and special day you can imagine...homemade t-shirts, parades, the whole 9 yards. Yes my friends...the 100th Day is a BIG deal. And I loved watching it all through the eyes of my boys....
I loved celebrating it with my babies just as much. But there was NO way I could fit in everything I wanted to (darn you, Pinterest!!!!!). I couldn't figure out a way to finagle my schedule so that I could attempt to fit it all in. It's really an impossible feat. But I sure did the best I could...and we had a pretty amazing celebration. I compiled everything into a fun little resource we love using every 100th day of school and you can check that out HERE if you're interested.
Then last year's 100th day rolled around and I felt like I **finally** had a system for getting as much out of the day as I possibly could. I wanted to go all out, but make the day meaningful as well. I didn't just want a day full of play, but I wanted our activities to be fun as well. Finally...after 13 years...I found a system that was stress free and it actually WORKED!!!! And we had a blast!!!
I decided schedule 8 different 100 day stations throughout our day...we even had time for a 100 day parade, a special snack, and a few read alouds, too! It really was a perfect day!
After posting all about our 100 day festivities last year, I had several requests to make the station signs, punch cards, and crown templates available. SO...if you're interested in setting up a successful and stress free 100th day full of rotations, here you go! A little 100th day freebie for you!
I hope this helps your planning go smoothly and I hope you love it as much as we did!!!!!