Another short week (for me, anyway – I was off on Monday and Tuesday)!
My lessons to Kindergarten and 5th grade Media Technology this week are lessons that I’ve written about before, BUT, I do want to tell you about FRIDAY! On Friday, we celebrated our 100th day of school. This is one of my most favorite days each year. I host a celebration for Kindergarten where they try to read 100 books in 100 minutes. We even count down to the 100th minute of the school day. This was the 4th year for the event and I look forward to it every year. I got the idea from this fantastic book that I can’t quite remember the title of right now – I promise to update this post with the title as soon as I put my hands on it! Here’s how our celebration works:
I put together 20 areas in the library with a blanket and a basket. In the basket are at least 5 books, notecards for each book with the title of the book, paper, crayons, puzzles, games, etc. Our Kindergarten teachers get 3 or 4 volunteers per classroom to come and read to a small group (we end up with 5-6 kids at each group). At 8:30am, our Kindergarten students come in and find a grown up to read with. For the next 40 minutes or so, they read with their grown up, taking breaks as needed. We also have whole group breaks where our teachers lead the group in “Toody Ta” and other songs that get them singing, dancing, and having fun. As the groups finish reading each book, each person in the group signs their name on the notecard with that book title’s label. They hold the notecard up and someone collects it. While the event is going on, my assistant puts the notecards on a wall in the library in the shape of a 100 so that when the kids leave, they see how many books they read.
It’s so fun and pretty easy to pull together.
I hope you are having a SUPER SUNDAY!