The preschool notice said bring Seth, 100 somethings and two boxes of crayons for a special night. No little kids, which meant I had to get home early from work to take our boy while Anne stayed with Lael.
After picking up another dad and his daughter, we headed out at 6:15 p.m. We arrived to pandemonium – the good kind – as kids dragged their parents this way and that, while moms and dads tried to hang up coats. Balloons held down by weights floated in the air.
We stood in line with no real idea what was going on until it was our turn. Apparently, the school was having a made up “100-Day Celebration.” The crayons were to be donated to less fortunate kids; we were given a folder and directions to head upstairs to the classrooms. No word yet on our hundred somethings.
Each room was set up to represent different themes – arts, math, words, gym – and activities regarding 100. Seth’s first activity was to color code 100 shapes: hearts were red, inchworms orange, etc. Then Seth had to count each object and add up the totals.
In the gym area, Seth was assigned 10 sets of 10 exercises, such as throwing a ball, jumping jacks and jumping rope.
Seth also made trail mix with 10 sets of 10 ingredients. (Ironically, Lael ate the most of the bag after we came home.) Seth whizzed through these activities at lightning speed.
Probably every kid’s favorite activity was decorating cookies with frosting. What did this have to do with the 100-day theme? Nothing, but do you think the kids were bothered by this anomaly?
Oh, and that bag of 100 somethings? Seth and Anne had counted out decorative buttons for our excursion in the late afternoon. At the school, we discovered how much 100 somethings weigh. Later, we placed them end-to-end to see how far 100 somethings go. I was going to post the totals, but the folder seems to have disappeared.
When time ran out – we only did a fraction of the activities possible – we all gathered for some 100-day songs. I’d post sample lyrics, but where is that pesky folder? The balloons were given to the kids to take home.
The 100-Day Celebration was my first real school activity with Seth since arriving in Chicago. It’s been a tough year for me because I’ve had so little involvement with his school. (My work is in the opposite direction.) In California, I knew all of Seth’s teachers and classmates. Now, I know a handful.
Hopefully, that will change next year.