Since so many Montessori materials, including the iconic Pink Tower, are based on the decimal system, it is appropriate that the 100th day of school holds a special place in the Lower Elementary classroom, where students’ knowledge of math is growing exponentially.
This year, the 100th day fell on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and the weather was perfect for all of the indoor and outdoor activities the teachers had planned. Even though the day was a fun celebration, the activities were still geared toward learning.
Math is an obvious choice for celebrating the 100th day of school, but all subjects were included in the 100-oriented activities. Among the works in the grammar/word study and writing area, students could choose to write a 100-word story; write a story about 100 years from now; or write a list of 100 nouns in the classroom.
Outside on the deck, students could do 100 jumping jacks. Also outside was a special snack that included 10 items. The students could get 10 pieces of each of the 10 items for 100 things to munch.
After the snack, the students were able to plant seeds in the new raised garden bed. The goal was to plant 100 seeds.
During the day, they got to wear their 100th day of school T-shirts. The students created the shirts at home, and the creativity was impressive.
The 100th day of school ended with an art project, one that the students really enjoy creating. They had to count out 100 pieces of pasta for the “quills” they would use to create their quill critters.