100th Day Lesson in Thankfulness

In his prayer to God in Psalm 90, Moses says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Our little homeschool has been numbering days since September, and we recently celebrated my 5-year-old’s 100th day of pre-Kindergarten.

Laurel had been carefully counting and greatly anticipating special math projects and fun activities for the milestone day.   

Since I have been counting to 1,000 myself (inspired by the book One Thousand Gifts), I decided to add a Bible lesson to our 100th day lesson plans. Psalm 100, a favorite of mine, is a psalm for giving thanks and a great one to memorize.

Psalm 100 

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Worship the LORD with gladness;

come before Him with joyful songs.

Know that the LORD is God.

It is He who made us, and we are His;

We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving

and His courts with praise;

give thanks to Him and praise His name.

For the LORD is good and His love endures forever;

His faithfulness continues through all generations.

After the girls and I read Psalm 100 together, we talked about giving thanks to God and counting the ways He loves us. We discussed the Israelites en route to the Promised Land and how they had not given thanks to God and had not trusted Him, even though He had faithfully provided everything they needed. We discussed how grumbling and complaining displeases God and how thankfulness pleases Him.

We also talked about how long counting to 100 days took. We did count 100 days, but we couldn’t count forever.  Forever is much, much longer than 100 days, and God’s love and faithfulness endures forever. Forever!

I gave the girls this special sheet to help them start counting and giving thanks for 100 gifts from God. (You can download the PDF to use with your children if you click here.)

In Colossians 3:15-17, Paul encourages us to be thankful and to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God with gratitude in our hearts, giving thanks to God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. 

We put this idea into practice by singing praises along with Maranatha Music’s “He Hath Made Me Glad” and Chris Tomlin’s “Forever” — the lyrics of both songs include strong ties to Psalm 100.  

Here’s a downloadable version of Psalm 100 to help with memorization. By the way, this week I’ll be posting more photos and downloadable materials from our 100th day, so check back often!

In the meantime, check out these other posts on giving thanks to God.

Counting to 1,000 (1-12)

Having just finished the book One Thousand Gifts, I’m starting my own list of one thousand gifts. I’ll post them as they accumulate and keep the running list on this new tab, titled All is Grace.

1. the aroma of fresh bread baking

2. soft, pink, ever-so kissable cheeks and strong little girl arms that hug me almost too tight at bedtime

3. improv puppet shows with an orange, hairy Mr. Nobody puppet and lots of little animal puppets drinking lemonade

4. little girls learning to sew

5. warm chocolate chip cookies on a cold January evening 

6. words read aloud, together, that take us high into Swiss Alps with a little girl and her grandfather

7. a Jesus follower who faithfully lists endless gifts and serves up words that transform me

8. the scent of her hair as she slumbers beneath a heap of blankets

9. haphazard, random snowflakes falling on a warm January morning

10. playful little girl voices trailing up from the basement

11. good asthma test results from the lab

12. stories about hermit crabs that make us smile and laugh and wonder