Whew! Today was a relaxing sort of day… but with a lot of extra fun! Little Miss and Little Mister enjoyed a fun Valentine’s Day/100th Day of School Party at home while it snowed the most gigantic flakes outside I have seen in awhile. Here’s how it played out:
We woke up and both kids enjoyed their very own breakfast in the shape of “100.”
Then at Little Mister’s naptime, we had some extra fun girl bonding by making our own chocolate fudge (from a box – I promise, Aunt Gladys, I will get our actual family recipe down before too long!). I think the heart molds came out the best, but we also made animal-shaped fudge. I had a bunch of little heart molds that I had thought would be fun to make 100 of… but it didn’t look good enough to spend our afternoon down that road. And, of course, Valentine’s Day is not complete without Chocolate Covered Strawberries! Let me tell you… yum!
My favorite part of the day came next. Little Miss sat at her desk and drew a picture of her as a 7-year-old and a picture of her when she will be 100 years old (in the year 2106.. actually, mom made an error that it would actually be 2107). I find it hilarious that the old version of herself still has brown hair. She informed me that, even at 100, she will still be coloring her hair. She is not a girl who wants to go gray
While she drew her pictures, we read on Wikipedia about what happened 100 years ago in our world. We discovered that in 1914, President Woodraw Wilson issued the first official Mother’s Day in America. This was also the first year that World War I was declared in the world. Automobile workers were paid a daily wage of $5 daily (that is not per hour!).
We then read through some names of famous people who were born in 1914. Amazingly, a few of them are still alive and about to turn 100! The person who interested us most is a man named Karl Otto Gotz. He will turn 100 on February 22nd! A German, Gotz loved drawing while he was still in school. His gift began making abstract paintings… which were banned in Nazi Germany from being displayed. So, to survive as a professional artist, he was only permitted to paint landscapes. His work transformed to spreading thick paint and then raking it off. He was also known for enlarging computer images to the point of only seeing pixels, then hand painting the pixels to make a giant mosaic.
We thought this was cool, so I showed Little Miss what pixels are on Adobe Photoshop. She thought it was neat that pictures on computers are nothing more than pixels up close and, how, when zoomed out.. they become a normal looking picture. This was a great opportunity to explain to her that pixels are a lot like our lives. That each decision we make in life is like a pixel. We can’t see the big picture until after we’ve lived our life and can see what God did with our lives. Sometimes we can’t even understand our lives until we are 100! I didn’t even know if she could grasp this concept, but sure enough later she told my mom all about what she learned on the phone. Here is her pixelated drawing she made on Paint.
Math was a continuation of adding numbers over 100. And to end the day, we co-authored a story of her choosing that was 100 sentences long.
I had no idea we’d learn so much today and have so much fun. What was your 100th day of school and/or Valentine’s Day like?