100..for 5 year olds, I think it's a bit much don't you?

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
January 22, 2009 6:46pm CST
On January 26 my daughters school is "celebrating" the 100th day of school. Her homework was all about 100. She had to write numbers 1-100. She had to connect the dots picture. It had 100 dots to connect. They sent home a giant heart. Which she was to glue 100 of the same item to the paper and decorate it. We used Cheerios. She did a good job this week. I am proud of her. But wow! I don't remember this kind of thing from my kinder-days, do you?
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@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
When I was a kid we did no such thing. There was no counting of the school days. But my kids also have had to do these types of things. My daughter came home last year and was told to make something using a 100 of one item. Needless to say we made a necklace of 100 fruit loops.
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@munhozmib (3853)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
23 Jan 09
Hello! A hundred? I had never heard about such celebration before. Well, if she can count to 100 and do all the tasks, that would be great. It means that the school has a high quality in educating their students. I have cousins at around 7 who can't count to 100 and cannot read. If she can count to 100 at her age, that would already be a great start! Yes, many tasks for a five year old, but it is nothing unachievable. She can do it. Respectfully, Munhozmib.
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@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
23 Jan 09
My twins had to do that too. Actually they had to bring 100 of something into school. I chose jelly beans and candy hearts, they were $1 a box and I had to buy 2 boxes of each to get to 100. Then I helped them count them out into gallon size ziplock baggies.
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
Yeah well that's what mommies are for I guess. :) It's a bit too much for a five year old especially since children easily get bored doing the same things. But it's a fun and cute way to learn. It'll also probably be memorable for your daughter. It's weird though that the school would celebrate the hundredth day of school. Do they do this annually? Or is it a new school?!
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I don't think that I can remember doing something like that over 35 years ago when I was in kindergarten. I think that I do remember sticking things onto paper with jelly or glue though! I am not sure that I even knew how to count to 100. I think that children of today are so smart. My son is also five years old and it seems that he knows more things at his age then when I did at five!lol. My son will hopefully be starting kindergarten some time this year. He knows his abc's and can write his name so I think he is ready.
@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Thank you for best response. I am glad you appreciated what I had to say in regards to the children and kindergarten.
• United States
23 Jan 09
I don't know about you guys but I'm 27 and when I was in school we had more nap time and play time than 5 yr. olds do these days.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
23 Jan 09
See? Me too, glad I am not alone on this.
• United States
23 Jan 09
No, we had no such nonsense when I was in school. my kids had to do it at their elementary school. I thought it was stupid each year I had to go through it. But like a good mommy I just cheered them on and helped them glue down 100 pieces of macaroni, 100 black eyed peas, 100 cheerios. My youngest is 3....I think we will do the macaroni again on his turn.
• United States
23 Jan 09
You could do like we did and just use the same one from the kid before lol. I wrote their names in pencil and then erased the name a couple of years later and put the new one's name
• United States
28 Jan 09
When I was her age, we had a celebration of the 100th day of school as well. The weeks leading up to it, we practiced counting to 100 and there was a lot of education related to the significance of the number 100 and things like centuries, centenarians, etc. On the 100th day, we had a party in school to celebrate and aach child was asked to bring in 100 of something, and it really got the kids involved. I remember I brought in 100 twizzlers, and another kid brought 100 cheese balls and someone brought 100 juiceboxes and so on and so forth. For a five year old, 100 is such a huge number! I think it's great they get the kids into it, but I agree, doing things like glueing 100 cheerios on a paper heart is a bit much! Perhaps the objective of the project wasn't to learn to count to 100, but to teach children (and their poor parents!) to have patience with such a tedious task!
@laglen (19782)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I think thats great! It will serve them well. With the advances in technology I think kids are learning more and faster than when I was in school. This is good and should increase. Kids are sponges, this is the best time to teach them!
• United States
26 Jan 09
That's a nice project, I think. Celebrating a progress through the school year with an appropriate take home project. No, I don't remember anything like this from when I was a kid by my memories can be fuzzy from that far in the past.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Nope me either, but I think they are giving them what we considered in our time first grade work. I noticed that when my little sister went. They have just mixed it around and now kindergarten are now doing first and first is doing second and so on..Seems they are trying to cram as much as they can in before they graduate school. Seems to me though that they are just adding to much to fast. I doubt th ey give the kids time to remember half of it before they are forced to move on to another subject. By Senior year it seems they are also doing a first year of college.
• United States
23 Jan 09
My kids did this 100 day later in elementary school , but I do not think they did it in kindergatern. Bless her little heart for working so hard. I bet she was tired.
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I actually do remember doing things for the 100th day of school. I am in college now so I guess it wasn't that long ago for me. We had to do lots of things similar to the things she had to do. I remember we had to have a box of too similar things from our yard and most of us brought in pebbles, blades of grass, or leaves. Its a good way for them to count, even if it does take forever!
@kilani123 (865)
• United Arab Emirates
23 Jan 09
No we never had that , when i was kid i never went to classes at all i know iam bad boy
@rizzu87 (860)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
hmmm... young children should not be given such a task which would be too much on them. I mean come on they are just 5 how will they handle it. I dont remember such a thing from my childhood days. My school was a lot better than schools these days. I use to be stress free and had all the time to enjoy myself at home
• United States
23 Jan 09
I does seem like a lot of work for both of you. After all, helping her to make sure that she really does get 100 things on there isn't easy! I think I would probably be a little upset...what if she couldn't count to 100? I think it is unreasonable to think that she could count that high. I don't remember having much homework in Kindergarten!
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
Nope I didn't have to do this, but I work with a lot of kids, and many of my students have to do things like this up to grade 2 or 3. A lot of them learn their numbers and even how to read in preschool around here, so the difficulty is really in thinking of something that they have a hundred of. It's a global economy, so when these kids grow up, they will be competing with a lot of different people for the top jobs. We have to find ways for them to learn as many concepts as possible before they head out into that world.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
When I was in kindergarten, we just learned how to count up to ten, and do some phonetics of the alphabet. And we did a lot of fingerpainting. Now you know why I am terrible at math and good at creativity and literature. Oh I did learn how to tie my shoe laces. I guess that we were allowed to stay children for a little while longer instead of rushing into adulthood.
@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
Err...I think it's a bit loony, don't you?Is it a bit too much the way they tried to emphasize it? Anyway what's there to shout about? If it's a 100th year wedding anniversary that's an eye opener as that will mean both husband & wife would be at least about 120 years old & still alive
• India
23 Jan 09
LOL! How interesting. Lets hope they won't celebrate the 500th day of school. LOL! That will really be a bit too much. Cheers and happy Mylotting