This past April, during t’filla (daily prayer), our kindergarten students learned that the rabbis teach us that we should thank G-d and find 100 things to bless EACH DAY.
One of the first t’fillot that the kindergarten students learned were the Morning Blessings – sometimes referred to as the “miracles of the day.” Every Monday, students were invited to individually share a thank you to G-d. It was always inspiring to see so many children eager to speak. As time went on, students expanded their realm of who and what they appreciated. And so, we challenged the kindergarten students during that first week in April if they thought they could come up with 100 things to bless by the end of school. They answered with a resounding yes! That day, during t’filla, they began their list. Each week we added more things to the list. And just last week – with each class sharing one last round of thank you’s – the kindergarten kehillah (community) was able to thank G-d for 103 things! It is quite a list!
We want to share list for you to share with your friends and family. Think about a special time when you can look at this list together. Maybe on Shabbat or before bedtime or sitting at the beach? Maybe your family will be inspired to continue adding to the list over the summer? Where this list takes you as a family will be interesting to see! 100 Things to Bless Every Day
The world and all of its people
The Jewish people
We were once slaves and now we are free
No more war
The First Temple
Tamchui Organizations The Western Wall (
The Rashi School The Burning Bush
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our brothers and sisters
All that G-d did for us
Trees so we can breathe
Ner Tamid – the light that never goes out Our parents
Legos and other toys
The Ten Commandments
The Kindergarten team
Love and kindness
Lifejackets and lifeguards
Having the things we need to make our loved ones happy
The tooth fairy
Playing with our siblings
Stephanie Rotsky! The timer
Being able to go to school
Everything we are given
Rick Recht (
for writing The Hope) Connect Four
Standing on your head
Pizza Thursday Parties
Learning in different ways
Field Day The Celtics
The Red Sox
Enough food to eat
Our butterflies (
who we raised and freed) Our souls
The Promethian Board
Our songleader, Stephen
Fitness and Health class
All of our friends!
If you’re looking for books to read to your incoming Kindergartener, consider some of these books:
Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells Timothy learns about making friends during the first week of school.
Edward Unready for School by Rosemary Wells After a terrible week, Edward convinces everyone he really isn’t ready for nursery school after all.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate In verse, this book shows kindergarten from the teacher’s perspective.
Annabelle Swift, Kindergartener by Amy Schwartz Spunky Annabelle’s older sister gives her some unusual tips for her first day of school.
Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann At school, Ruby tries to be just like another girl until the teacher helps her be herself.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn Popular story suggests a way to deal with the separation of going to school.
Lulu Goes to Witch School by Jane O’Connor Lulu, nervous about starting school, likes everything but one witch who’s always the best at everything.
School by Emily McCully In a wordless story, a curious young mouse left at home sneaks off to see her older sibling’s school.
The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing Verses in the manner of The Night Before Christmas encourage the reader who may be anxious about kindergarten.
Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London Froggy’s nightmare about school does not come true, and he ends up having a good first day.
Alice Ann Gets Ready for School by Cynthia Jabar Alice Ann is so excited about her first day of school, she’s the first one up and ready to go.
When You Go To Kindergarten by James Howe A photo-essay showing what a kindergarten class is like.
Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill Spot, the pup, has fun at school with his friends.
Jessica by Kevin Kenkes Ruthie’s imaginary friend has to be left behind when she starts school, but she soon makes a real friend.
Harry Gets Ready for School by Harriet Ziefert Harry arrives at school after preparing for weeks.
Oliver Pig at School by Jean Van Leeuwen During Oliver Pig’s first day at school, he builds with blocks, plays, and makes a friend.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes At school, kids tease Chrysanthemum about her name until the teacher intervenes.
I Don’t Want To! by Sally Grindley Jim resists mightily going to school, but by the end of the first day, he doesn’t want to leave.
Billy and Belle by Sarah Garland Billy’s little sister spends the day at his school when Mom goes to the hospital to have a new baby.
Back to School for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos Sarah’s jealous and humorously rotten cat, Ralph, hatches a plan to keep her from making friends at school.
Bill and Pete by Tomie DePaola William Everett Crocodile learns to write his name with the help of Pete, his toothbrush.
My Mom Made Me Go To School by Judy Delton Archie HATES the idea of going to kindergarten, but manages to get through the first day.
The Other Emily by Gibbs Davis Emily is shocked and upset when she finds out she’s not the only Emily in the world.
Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen Jim worries about finding a friend in school and spends the first day searching for one.
Never Spit on Your Shoes by Denys Cazet An exhausted Arnie tells Mom about the first day of first grade.
Born in the Gravy by Denys Cazet Margarita, a Mexican-American girl, tells her father all about her first day of Kindergarten.
Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson Enthusiastic Henry can hardly wait to start kindergarten. But will he still feel that way when he gets there?
The School by John Burningham Illustrations and just a few words show what a child can expect at school.