Spotlight: ISD Korean Courses2023-02-27
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The 100th day of school is a milestone for students as it means that they have completed more than half of the school year. It is also a great opportunity for children to make a reflection on what they have learned since the beginning of the school year. It is important to celebrate this academic milestone.
This year, the first graders used the central idea of the mathematical concept of the number 100. It is quite a feat for young minds to turn an abstract idea into concrete knowledge.
Grade 1 students were challenged to count to 100 by collecting different items. This helped children understand math concepts related to their life. They expressed their creativity as they brought 100 of something to school. These objects included candies, peanuts, toy bricks, pencils, game cards or even marshmallows. By counting the items that they brought from home, they visualized what 100 of something looks like and learned about number value, skip counting, addition, and subtraction in a more creative and engaging way!
On this day, the students and teachers dyed their hair grey, enjoying the fun of dressing up like a 100-year-old. Some students wore their glasses and scarves and even put on grandma’s clothes. A fun dressing up activity was had by all, and it was a wonderful way to learn about 100.
Additionally, the first graders were tasked with brainstorming 100 Acts of Kindness to celebrate the 100th Day. All students brainstormed their unique ideas of acting kindly and added them to the list. This activity taught students about respect and kindness, which are beneficial for social-emotional learning.
Teachers integrated the 100th day’s celebration with art skills, and language arts, enabling students to learn about cultures in other parts of the world and experience cultural diversity. The first graders learned how to make a piñata. They counted and shredded every 20 strips of newspaper and made the mix to make the piñata from scratch. Students had to work collaboratively to count 100 different treats and small tokens to put inside the piñata. They also demonstrated thinking skills and spatial skills when decorating the piñata as a group. Students learned about different traditions in different areas of the world, according to different celebrations.
A piñata is a container, often made of papier-mâché, that is decorated, filled with candy, and then broken as part of a celebration. The idea of breaking a container filled with treats came to Europe in the 14th century. Today, the piñata is part of Mexican culture, the cultures of other countries in Latin America, as well as the United States.
At ISD, we celebrate milestones for our young children, for whom 100 days of school is the start of a new experience! Through various class activities for celebration, we recognize achievements and promote motivation and engagement. The 100 days of school celebration represents progress, growth, achievements, and reflection for both students and teachers. It is a snapshot of the richness of ISD’s teaching activities.