Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Celebrating Birthdays at School...What do you do?

Today I am officially past the mid-point of my thirties and have reached 36...ugghhh!  "Who is coming to your party?" My daughter thoughtfully inquired last night as she sat down to scribble out her version of invitations for all of those that she believed should be attending my "party!" 

To adults, birthdays are just another day, but when I think about the joy that comes with birthdays for both my own children and students, it is the BEST DAY of the year!  It is a celebration of them! 

In years past, I have created a bulletin board and dedicated it to student birthdays.  I have given students a mechanical pencil attached to a birthday certificate.  I wish the students "Happy Birthday," treats are passed out at lunchtime, and we go on with our day.  In my school building some years students are acknowledged on the announcements and some years students get singing cards from the principal. 

At my son's school, students get to come down and say the "Pledge of Allegiance" on the announcements on their birthday, and are given in their Parent Information Folder a slip of paper reminding the parent that on this particular day, they have the chance to provide a treat for the class.  With peanut allergies running rampant through classrooms, these were the treats my kiddos chose to make and take on their birthdays this year.

Brennan's birthday robots for his school treat!

Lilah's birthday princesses for her school treat!

I have seen some really cute ideas shared on blogs to celebrate student birthdays, and I have decided to add a few things for the birthday kiddos in my classroom this year that require nothing more than adding a few special opportunities for the day.  If it is your birthday you have the opporunity to:
  1. Be line leader-yes, this is a big deal to even 6th graders who line up in ABC order all day/everyday
  2. "Best Day Ever" by Spongebob will be the official song played in the room to wish Happy Birthday!
  3. Sit at the "Birthday Table"-a special spot that is more spacious than a 6th grade desk in the classroom
These are a few "free" ways I can acknowledge the most important day of my students' lives to make them feel special and recognized! 



At Thursday, 05 July, 2012 , Blogger Katie said...

Hi! I've nominated you for a blogger award. :)

At Thursday, 05 July, 2012 , Blogger Erin Beers said...

Thanks so much! I have really enjoyed working on this more this summer. This blog world is a whole lot of fun. Thanks so much for checking out my blog. Keep me posted on fun stuff you find!

At Friday, 27 July, 2012 , Blogger Teaching LOUD with Style said...

Okay you have made me a believer with the robot birthday treat

At Friday, 03 May, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

just saw this, with the nut allergies, it very difficult to figure out what to get without spending too much money, this idea is awsome, thank you!


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