I’ve really been trying to be creative with school this semester, because as we approached the holidays, Ali was completely OVER school. It had gotten boring and predictable, and apparently boring and predictable isn’t fun – who knew?
She was ready to drop out of school forever, and that was that.
So all throughout the holidays, I stressed about finding time to find fun stuff to do when we started back. And all throughout the holidays, I never got around to it.
So instead, I’ve been cramming and finding fun things to do the night before, or in some cases, the second before.
A few weeks ago (yes, I’m unforgivably late in posting this,) we had our 100th day of school. I know that 100th day of school celebrations are all the rage right now, and they did seem pretty fun for geeky number people like us.
So the night before, I asked on my Facebook Page, scanned Pinterest, and in general tried to find something that we could do with no prep time on my part, and with only 1.25 students – so everything needed some modifications.
I started our celebrations off with a ridiculously unhealthy breakfast. I’d totally meant to save this idea for snack time, but decided that starting the day off with a bang was the way to go.
I had created a 10 x 10 grid on Excel with a sequential number in each box. I found ten different small snacks in the pantry and had Ali help me line up ten of each snack on the papers.
Noah was not at all thrilled to have to wait so long for breakfast prep, so we had to hold him off by letting him snack in advance.
When finished, our breakfast* included:
- 10 Tinkerbell Gummies
- 10 Apple Jacks
- 10 Jellybeans
- 10 Marshmallows
- 10 Semisweet chocolate chips
- 10 Fruit Gummies
- 10 Colored Marshmallows
- 10 Craisins
- 10 Yogurt Raisins
- 10 Goldfish
* This meal is in no way endorsed by the FDA, NSDA, WHO, or any other governmental agency that has an opinion on healthy eating choices. It does, however, come highly recommended by six-year-olds and two-year-olds.
Ali, being the slightly-more-than-slightly OCD kid that she is, ate everything in order – except for the semi-sweet chocolate chips, for which she did not approve.
Noah brought chaos to his plate and abandoned it shortly after eating all of the fairies.
Next, we moved on to something that I should have been doing for a while (everybody does it!) but had never occurred to me: writing prompts.
The positive side of my negligence in this schooling area is that Ali thought it was COMPLETELY AWESOME and TOTALLY ORIGINAL.
Since this day, we have started a notebook for writing prompts back and forth, and it has added some much-needed originality to our conversations (aka: a break from Fairies and Princesses.)
Our last 100-Day-Themed project was an Equation Page, for lack of a better term. She loves these pages in her math book, so I took the idea, made it into a “hundred” activity, and then added fun shapes.
(Clearly she needed some help in figuring some of these out, but it was a great opportunity for us to discuss all of the different ways that one could achieve the same answer.)
She declared the day to be “THE best day EVER!!” several times, and marveled at the fact that “I can’t believe that I’m liking school so much!”
Which means that variety is clearly the key to her ongoing educational happiness. Which means that I’ve got to spend much more time on Pinterest – for the children’s sake.