How do you celebrate birthdays with your students? Some schools do not allow special snacks (a.k.a. cupcakes), in those cases it takes more creativity on the teachers part to make a students feel special on their special day.
I like to give my students a small gift to open.
These are from Oriental Trading. They cost $3.75/dozen.
I put in small things like glittery pencils, pencil grips, and silly bands.
These are from Oriental Trading. They cost $1.99/50.
The added bonus of these gift bags is they will add color to your classroom. I like to cut the tops of the sack off with decorative scissors, fold over the top, and staple it. Then hang them from a clothes line in the classroom. I had mine hanging in front of a row of windows. I hung the sacks on the clothes line in a pattern, secured it with a clothes pin, and TADAH! You now have a colorful addition to your classroom.
Through the years, I have had mixed feelings about having a Star Student. Yes, I think each child needs a time devoted to him or her so he or she feels special. But, it never fails! I will type up the schedule for the entire year and give it to parents at the Back to School night so they can put it on their calendar. Plus, I add a reminder in my weekly newsletter and send home a reminder note to parents the week before. After all of this communication, a parent will forget and then wants to reschedule or a parent wants to take their child out of town that week to go to Disneyland and wants to reschedule. The trouble is, I've already wrote and copied my newsletters for the next three weeks. So, now I have to revise my newsletter and make more copies. The solution to all of this is a BIRTHDAY STAR! How many students are out of town on their birthday? Very few I'm sure. How many parents forget their child's birthday? Zero. Birthday stars have special privileges! The star gets to:
*Choose a game or activity for your classmates. A few
choices include: Heads Up 7-Up, chalkboard races, or free
*Share your favorite book
*Share your favorite toy, game, or stuffed animal
Our class makes the Birthday Star a book, too.
I am joining Denise @ Sunny Days's birthday linky party. Thank you Denise for hosting this party.