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I have a Happy Birthday banner across the top of the door - they love seeing that first thing in the morning. I have a goody bag on their desk - with a homework pass, candy, eraser, birthday pencil, and small toy from treasure chest (like glider plane). If they bring a snack, we do that in the afternoon (school policy) and sing Happy Birthday (we still sing it then, even without a snack).

I'm also doing something new this year, similiar to the booklet idea. It's just one sheet of paper that I'll pass around the room. The kids will write one or two words that describes the birthday child. I may let them take it home, or put it in their scrapbook (can't decide!). I'm also trying to decide if I want to do all the sheets at one time (1 for each child's birthday) - and just save them for the birthdays - or do it on the actual birthday. Any thoughts?

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jhawkteacher 03-04-2008 06:03 AM

I would love to have a copy of your cover page and form. Could you email it to me at lsdiskin@hotmail.com? Thanks!!

jhawkteacher 03-04-2008 06:00 AM

Would it be possible for you to email your cover page and form to me at lsdiskin@hotmail.com? I would love to use it in my classroom!
Thanks so much!!

Gardenut 07-20-2006 03:04 AM

I too make up a little baggie and have it on their desk waiting. I have birthday crowns and Today is my birthday stickers they wear.

I print out colored Happy Birthday signs at the beginning of the year...(just a Happy Birthday in WordArt) and attach to construction paper. The morning of the birthday I pass it around quickly for each child to sign--it is fun as we try to all sign secretly! After all sign...I laminate and send home with the child that day!

Risa 07-19-2006 10:00 PM

Along with some of the things already mentioned, last year we started doing the following:

The celebrant gets to select the kind of cheer they want. (I teach Dr. Jean's Cheers from Day 1. They are located at
http://www.drjean.org/html/monthly_a..._2004_pdf.html)

When we sing "Happy Birthday" I have the birthday person choose to 'light up' their age in candles. If they are celebrating, for example, a 9th birthday, they choose 9 friends who get to stand up on their chairs as the entire class sings Happy Birthday. After the song is sung, the birthday person gets to 'blow out' the candles by walking around the room, getting a 'high five' from each 'candle' as they sit back down in their chairs.

Nothing fancy, really, but the kids LOVE getting the chance to stand up on their chairs as this is something I never allow at any other time.

SusanTeach 07-15-2006 07:59 AM

I have a Happy Birthday banner across the top of the door - they love seeing that first thing in the morning. I have a goody bag on their desk - with a homework pass, candy, eraser, birthday pencil, and small toy from treasure chest (like glider plane). If they bring a snack, we do that in the afternoon (school policy) and sing Happy Birthday (we still sing it then, even without a snack).

I'm also doing something new this year, similiar to the booklet idea. It's just one sheet of paper that I'll pass around the room. The kids will write one or two words that describes the birthday child. I may let them take it home, or put it in their scrapbook (can't decide!). I'm also trying to decide if I want to do all the sheets at one time (1 for each child's birthday) - and just save them for the birthdays - or do it on the actual birthday. Any thoughts?

Cathy-Dee 07-15-2006 07:34 AM

This past year we celebrated all the summer birthdays during our last week of school. I had 4 summer birthdays so during quieter weeks in May and June we did a student's book until they were all done. Then we celebrated together.

I have done the half birthdays as well, but I think my students enjoyed doing their "special" day in June as they knew their birthdays were coming soon and so the book, etc., meant more to them.

TeacherCarrie 07-15-2006 06:39 AM

I love the idea of decorating their desk! I've seen the birthday book before but didn't really think to go ahead and do it in my own room.

I think I'll be doing both!

tweet 07-15-2006 04:58 AM

I give baggies w/ a birthday pencil, no homework coupon, bookmark, smelly sticker, birthday badge sticker. I used to include a sucker, but we now have a no candy policy, so I think I will give plastic dimes--my reward system uses plastic dimes saved up for going "shopping" in my class store.

Steph 07-15-2006 02:35 AM

Hi! I decorate the student's desk for birthdays. I put balloons and few pieces of confetti, a pencil, and a card. I used to wrap their chairs with streamers, but I have chair pockets now. This year I'm going to add a Birthday Beenie Bear that they can have for the day. Treats are usually handed out at lunch...school policy.

I liked the birthday book idea posted above. Do you do half birthdays for the summer ones? I might look into that this year.

Steph

Cathy-Dee 07-14-2006 09:50 PM

We create a birthday book for each student in our class.

I have cover page that say's Jenna's Birthday Book by the Grade 3 class of 2005/2006 (for example)

Then each student fills out a sheet.

Happy Birthday _________________

My wish for you on your birthday is _____________

If I could give you any present in the world I would give you ________

What I like best about you is ____________________

Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

From ________________


Then each student decorates the page as they choose and if they have time they can even draw a picture on the back.


We put the book together with our coil binding machine and it looks every impressive.


I also give each student a birthday postcard, a pencil and a trip to the "prize" box.


I have the cover page and form on my computer at home - if you'd like to see it or use it or modify it, just send me an email and I'd be happy to email it to you. It's done on word. I won't be home until late August so I'd send it then.

DonnaTX1 07-14-2006 06:39 PM

I also give them a birthday baggie that contains a birthday pencil, Coupons for No Homework, birthday bookmark, and eraser. I have the kids sign a birthday card for the birthday girl/boy and a white cap that they also sign in colorful markers. I also put a Birthday chair cover that I bought from Oriental Trading. It's really cute and the kids love it! ~Donna

TootSweet 07-14-2006 05:48 PM

I give a bday baggie with an eraser, a pencil, a small toy and a sucker. I usually present this at the beginning of the day and we all sing happy birthday at that time. I like to recognize their special day right of the bat. If the child brings a treat, we have it near the end of the day.

apple324 07-14-2006 03:07 PM

I am looking for creative ideas to celebrate student birthdays.

What do you do?

Thanks




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