Why is this a thing? Does anyone know? When did it become a thing? There was no 100th day of school when I was a kid. OK, there was. Obviously, we went to school for more than 100 days, so some day in there was the 100th. It was not a thing though. There were no parties, no T-shirts, no books, no worksheets, no treats. A quick search on Amazon shows that everyone from Fancy Nancy to Cam Jansen to Strawberry Shortcake now has a 100th day of school book. The earliest publication date I could find is 1996. Maybe it started then? When I googled "history of 100th day of school", I got hits for 100th day of school Pinterest boards, lists of books about the 100th day of school, and ideas for teachers for the classroom that day but no history. When I looked on Wikipedia, there was no entry for the 100th day of school. How is it that every kindergartener in the country goes off to school in some sort of 100th day T-shirt or with 100 beans/toothpicks/pennies in their backpack on the 100th day of school, and yet I can't find out who/why/where/how it started? It is the great unanswered mystery of modern day elementary school.
Anyway, Addison created her requisite 100th day t-shirt last night. I've learned over the years to keep it simple. Elise's 100th day kindergarten t-shirt had 100 spiral designs done in glitter paint. Lessons learned: (1) 100 spirals is a LOT to draw with glitter paint. (2) Glitter paint smears easily when a kindergartener is trying to draw 100 spirals. This year, I drew 10 shapes on a shirt and then told Addison to put 10 dots in each shape with a Sharpie. Perfect - quicker, easier, and more successful. There will be no pinning 100 safety pins or gluing 100 buttons here at House of Estrogen. A Sharpie got the job done just fine.
Addie was excited about her day and came home with a trail mix bag that had been full of 100 cheerios, marshmallows, raisins, chocolate chips, and who knows what else. All the good stuff was eaten on the bus on the ride home. I can't claim to really understand this whole 100 day thing, but maybe it is a nice break from the rigors of the Common Core Standards. That has to be a good thing... as long as they don't start celebrating the 10th day and 50th day and 134th day!