It is a HUGE deal in Kindergarten when the 100th day of school arrives. I was not aware of how big a deal until I experienced it in person today.
My day stared off with a small boy I have never met before yelling at me in the hall, "Do you know that I have gummy bears in my back pack? 100 gummy bears!!!" I acted suitably impressed and he walks on to yell at the next grown up he comes in contact with. He just could not believe his good fortune. Basically the whole school full of kindergarten arrives with large amounts of candy and food that they can count out 100 pieces of and then eat. I never have seen such joy as I did on their faces when I put all the candy out on trays. They had made crowns to wear and then we made glasses in the shape of 100. The school had balloons and an assembly to celebrate. The glasses we made didn't fit so well and they either fell off or made the poor kids a bit crosseyed. They continued to wear them even when they got headaches. I wish you could have seen the entire school sitting on the floor of the cafeteria wearing these ridiculous hats and glasses and counting to 100 at the top of their lungs. It was a riot. It was all a bit contagious and I felt exhausted from the excitement of the day, either that or I just had a hard time coming down from my sugar high.
They drew pictures of what they would look like at 100.
The first pictures shows all the presents she will get when she is 100.
This one shows how he will have a grey beard. He ran out of time to finish coloring this picture.
The blissful candy tray.
A close up of the glasses. Notice that they do not fit.
I also had to add two Tea Bag Darling stories for you. For those of you who read my previous posts you'll know Tea Bag Darling is the little girl in my class with HUGE personality. This week we went out for a 20 minute recess. (Side note here. The teacher often promises them 20 minutes of recess. They get so excited and will do any thing for a LONG recess. But the crazy part is they can't tell time and are completely unaware of how long we have been outside. If you just keep saying it was a 20 minute recess they are thrilled and smile all proud of themselves for earning this long period of free time.) We went out for a LONG recess and Tea Bag Darling hits the playground running and then stops to a dead standstill. She procedes to pull out her imaginary cell phone from her pocket. She looks at me and says, "Oh my cell phone. I better get this." I am not exaggerating when I say that she talked on that phone for the whole recess. She walked and talked and talked and walked. At one point I listened in to hear her say, "Wait a minute I need to step outside where I can hear you better." I asked her who she was talking to and she told me her cousin and then says into the phone. "Oh I was telling Ms. Leppard who I was talking to." It it not hard to imagine what Mommy spends a lot of time doing at that house.
The teacher had to go home to be with her daughter this week and I had the kids on my own in the afternoon for a day. This worked out well as the teacher is getting married next week and I wanted them to make cards for her. I gave them white paper and let them draw a picture of her wedding. Tea Bag Darling worked diligently. At one point she had her shirt up and was inspecting her belly button but I just put it down to her being her. Then I collected the pictures. I looked at hers and had to laugh. I called her over and asked her "What is that?" She says, "Ms. _________'s belly button." So then I pointed above this and asked, "What are those?" She looks up at me and says guiltily, "Her boobies."