I’m meant to be reading a novel for one of the two book clubs I belong to, so naturally I’ve been reading more children’s books. I came across a colorful, creative book that details ideas for kids to celebrate their 100th day of school. 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days by Bruce Goldstone (Henry Holt and Company) is a gold mine for teachers and parents. Idea number 52 inspired me with the thought of how to help children understand the value of a long lifetime. The author’s photo is a towering stack of 100 children’s books. Can you imagine the excitement of a classroom of kids?!
Explain that each book is like one year in the life of someone 100 years old, and each page is one experience big or small. Our days are filled with learning new skills and understanding new things no matter how old we are. We would all learn a lot from reading all those books, but a person living a long life filled with different experiences also learns a tremendous amount. In a lifetime what we experience both in school and in other parts of our life will make us the person we become.
Perhaps the stack could be built slowly and deliberately with a pause at each decade to ponder what might have been experienced at that age. I recommend assigning each child a number 1-100 and one book. Taking turns is an important life skill to learn!