We made it through 100 days of school, yay! There were times I didn’t think we were going to make it, but we did! So of course since this was a big day, we had to do some fun activities to celebrate. We did some art projects, which both of my kiddos have been really into lately, read two “100 days of school” books and had a fun snack (which really didn’t tie into 100 days of school, but it was still fun to do!).
I remember how exciting the 100th day of school was when I was younger and so I am always looking for ways to recreate those fun memories for my own children even though they are not in a traditional school setting. Being homeschooled shouldn’t mean missing out on the good parts of traditional school. I can simply bring those fun things into our homeschool day!
Since today was a fun day anyway, and given that my children love to help me cook, we decided to take a break and make some yummy banana muffins for snack. It had absolutely nothing to do with celebrating our 100th day of school, but more to do with the fact that I had some very sad looking bananas on the counter calling my name…so muffins it was!
This is the banana bread recipe we use (and love) because it can easily be adapted to make 24 super tasty muffins! All we do differently is to put the batter into muffin pans and cook for 18-20 minutes at 325 degrees instead of using a loaf pan and cooking for an hour. When it comes to cooking and baking, my kids are not always patient enough to wait over an hour to eat our yummy homemade goodies! And really, can you blame them?! That’s why we love muffins so much!
While we were waiting for the banana muffins to cook, we broke out the paint daubers and decorated the inside of the number 100. Then my daughter used the same paint daubers to make 10 groups of 10 to total 100 dots of paint. Boy do they love using those things!
The worksheet they used to decorate the big number 100 was a printable that I created saying, “Happy 100 days of school!” which you can download for free along with a worksheet I made for my daughter asking different responses related to 100.
We also read One Hundred Days (Plus One) by Margaret McNamara and 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler. Then my daughter decided that she would want to find 100 small toys for her own 100 days of school collection, just like they do in the book.
Again, since my kids are really loving art projects right now, we decided to do a couple of “100” related crafts (after a quick wardrobe change!). My daughter’s favorite one was making a self portrait of what she thinks she will look like when she is 100 years old. She will be one fancy lady!
The last art project we did was to cut out the number 100 and glue each number to a piece of paper and then turn it into a picture. (We actually ended up finishing this project the next day, but they didn’t care that it was now 101 days of school!). Alanni thought the zeros looked like onion rings so that’s what they became, once she drew a plate for them to sit on. And then it only made sense that the number one was turned into a fork! Such a creative girl.
Overall I think the kids had a good day. It is nice sometimes to take a break from the normal school routine and celebrate something fun. And I am happy that we have 100 days of school behind us; only 75 more to go…we can do this!
Do you celebrate the 100th day of school in your homeschool? What fun things do you do?