It doesn’t matter if you teacher Preschool or Middle School, when a kid’s birthday rolls around it’s a big deal to them. In most places, the days of bringing in cupcakes to share with the class are over with, but it is nice to acknowledge their special day in a small way.
First, decide what you want to do in your classroom to celebrate birthdays. Some ideas include a special song, making that student the helper of the day, or creating a class book. Some teachers pass out crowns, others have stickers, others get by with a smile and a “Happy Birthday.” I think it is best to keep it simple and keep the cost low to you. Kids are thrilled with a birthday homework pass. You can add in a card and a bookmark as a bonus.
What you don’t want to be doing is scrambling around just as the bell is about to ring because you forget that one of your little cherubs happened to have been born on that day. So my suggestion is to prepare during the summer for a year’s worth of birthdays. If you plan to present each child with a small “gift,” you can streamline the process by preparing each student’s trinket at the same time.
- Before school starts print, copy and cut out all of the materials.
- Sign the cards and place each student’s materials into a paper lunch sack that is still flat.
- Decorate the outside of the bags with markers or stickers.
- Label each with a student’s name and place them in chronological order. I store all of these in a birthday gift bag.
- When a student’s birthday arrives, simply pull out the bag, open it up (so it’s no longer flat) and either staple the top or tie it with a ribbon. Good to go!
This bundle includes everything you need to celebrate birthdays in the classroom. The download includes printable resources that will make it easy to acknowledge the students’ special day and integrate learning activities without distraction from learning.
Birthday Book: Of course we want to celebrate our students’ birthdays, but we don’t want to break the bank doing so. A birthday book is an inexpensive way to have your whole class celebrate the birthday kid, while also practicing their writing skills.
- The printables in this bundle will make your students feel very special when it is their birthday.
- Students will practice math and writing skills without even realizing it.
- They will have something special to take home to share with their family.
- Celebrating birthdays creates a sense of community in the classroom.
- It can be differentiated using the editable options and is an open-ended task so all students will feel successful.
- It includes editable options for customizing the resources.
- The included materials can be used to integrate writing and math skills.
- Students will enjoy creating class books for each other so they will be engaged in their learning.
- It will save you time and money as these resources have all been made for you for less than the cost of the materials to make them.
- It is a low-cost way to acknowledge each student’s special day.
- There is a variety of colors to choose from.
Birthday Book: Print one writing page for each student and one cover page. At the beginning of the year, model how to write a birthday book entry. Post it in the classroom for students to reference. As each student fills out a writing page, the birthday boy or girl will color the cover page. When students are finished, staple the pages together and have the class present it to the student at the end of the day. Invite the birthday kid to read it to the class and bring it home to share with his or her family.
Birthday Chart: There are tons of commercially-made birthday charts out there. Typically, there is space for the teacher to write in the students’ names and record the blessed day on which they entered into the world. I’ve used them in the past, but wanted something with more meaning to the children than a programmed poster that had been created while they were enjoying summer vacation.
This is what I came up with…
I have had teachers use it by writing names and birthdates on the cards. In my classroom, I take photos of students grouped by the month they were born and attach those to the cards. In the photos, each student holds up a dry erase board on which he or she has written their birthdate. It always looks awesome when completed. Learn more about the birthday display.
Check out these testimonials from teachers who’ve used it in their classrooms…
Students love to be recognized on their birthday and this is the perfect, inexpensive way to show them you remembered their special day.
what can I say?? all of your stuff is great & I’d recommend it to everyone- thanks
These are very stylish and I love the fact that the homework passes will photocopy so easily.
An easy and inexpensive way to make birthdays special.
This is such a great idea. I’ve prepped this already for next year, along with a special pencil. Thank you!
You can read more great feedback from teachers just like you here!
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