(This has sat in my "to-post" box for awhile now... I think we're on the 120th day of school now! But with all the great pictures, I couldn't pass up posting about this fabulous, exciting, exhaustingly-insane day! Happy reading!)
Yes, I know for most Americans, last Thursday (February 14) was all about Valentine’s Day. But here in Musoma, we focused on something a bit different.
Up till now, I've always hung out and been surrounded with teachers. So the concept of 100th day was absolutely expected and normal. But here in Musoma, that's not the case. The fun thing about living and working with so many non-teachers here in Musoma is that everyone I’ve mentioned it to has said, “What? You actually celebrate that?”
And the answer is yes, yes we do. In kindergarten and first grade classes across the United States (I don't know about the rest of the world...), teachers choose this day to culminate a study in place value, digits, tally marks, stickers on a chart, and every other imaginable way of representing the number of days of school we’ve completed throughout the year. And besides, in the snowy depths of winter, it’s a good time of have something to celebrate, right?
Our day came a bit later than the usual here in Musoma, partly because the snow forgot to come ;P, or maybe it was because the schedule looks a wee bit different here. It was also an interesting count… up? to the 100th day as half my class only started coming after Christmas. So every morning, during morning routine, our discussion went a bit like this.
“What’s the date today?”
“What’s the weather like?”
“How many days of school have we had SINCE ALEX, our lone kindergartner, began school in AUGUST?”
And so went our routine.
|Our To-Do Charts for the day looked a bit like this :)|
We played games, like “Roll to 100” and “Tally 100” with dice and a hundreds chart.
|Standing Up and Sitting Down|
|My kindergarten, first, and second graders|
|So THIS is what 100 looks like? Good to know!! :)|
And then, we all went home and fell asleep. Or at least I did. The kids were pretty exhausted from all that jumping around, standing-up and sitting-down, and doing 100 of everything too, so maybe this time it wasn't just me. :)
Happy 100th Day!!!