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Old 08-14-2016, 05:51 AM
 
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I'm getting "It's my birthday" stickers for them to wear, but I want to get them something else too. I was thinking erasable pens would be really cool for them, but they might end up being a headache for the teachers.

What do you do?


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Honestly? I don't really do anything. I allow them to bring a birthday treat- which can get out of hand depending on the parent. (Think: new carpet, red-frosted cake, no knife, forks, plates...) We will sing happy birthday and that's about it.
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We are trying to move away from treats so we offer additional outdoor or indoor recess or a group game. I give a homework pass so they can skip homework and celebrate.
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special pencil and bookmark. Sentence on board in big, red letters recognizing them. Whole class sings and signs (American Sign Language) "Happy Birthday". Also stay away from food. We have a lot of allergies in my building.
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They can bring a treat on that day or around the day. I also give a birthday bag -- sunglasses, pencil, and a homework pass.

We also sing to them.

The erasable pen is a great idea. I also just thought about gel pens.


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I don't do anything special. The student can bring in a treat to share during lunch.
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I have a postcard that says, Happy Birthday from Room 6 on it. We sing happy birthday in the morning and then I pass that card around. The students sign it and pass it on. It is silent and takes no time away from the lesson. The student then has a keepsake that they truly love.
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I have Happy Birthday certificates and I leave one of those, a birthday pencil , and a bag of Goldfish on their desk. I try to remember to do summer birthdays on their 1/2 birthday, but sometimes I just have to throw them in whenever.
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In fourth, students may bring a treat to share at snack time. we sing Happy Birthday. It 's simple but works just fine. Our students go to the office to receive a pencil and small treat from the principal. Some teachers give kisses, one actually smears on lipstick and gives a big smootch
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:23 PM
 
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I keep it low-key. If you search Pinterest you can easily find birthday "balloons" that I use. I take a Pixie Stix candy and tape it to a balloon copied on colored cardstock. I've also seen them made with Krazy Straws, which are cheap at my local dollar store. This year I'm adding a certificate for the birthday child to earn 5 extra points on the assignment of his/her choice.


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Old 08-21-2016, 06:54 PM
 
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I give mechanical pencils (the .9 size since it's thicker lead) with a cardstock balloon attached. I make up a bunch before school starts and put them in a cute container (like a colorful cup) so I can just let them pick one on their birthday. They love them! They're always allowed to use them unless they start playing with the lead.
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:37 PM
 
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I went to the fabric store and bought "birthday" fabric and made chair covers that slip over the back. (like a pillow case) I just place it on their chair before school and take it off after school. I have triplets this year so I made sure that I had 3 ready to go. I've had them for years. I actually got the idea from the Dollar Store.
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I keep it low-key (a small gift, maybe a sticker or pencil) and avoid any sort of food incentives. Usually I'll ask the student if there's a movie they would like to watch (school appropriate of course) and we'll do that for the last 30 minutes of the day. I have a self-contained class though, so birthdays are a rarity (5 students).
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Old 09-04-2016, 10:35 AM
 
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Nothing. If the child or a friend mentions it in the days leading up to it or the day of, I'll say, "Happy birthday!" and ask about what they're doing to celebrate.

The school doesn't allow treats, and parents can't drop off giant bouquets or balloon. Some kids get picked up by someone at lunch to go to a close by fast food place, but they have to be back by class time.
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Some teachers give kisses, one actually smears on lipstick and gives a big smootch


What?! How in the world is that appropriate??

I do think it's sad that teachers these days can't respond to hugs from children or give a pat on the shoulder to a child who clearly needs one (though I personally am not a huggy person), but giving a KISS???
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Oh, it's just pure silliness. It's their first grade teachers so it's only students who want to go back and see them. Then they get a big exaggerated lipstick kiss
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:06 AM
 
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I know it's silliness, but I can't imagine a school allowing any type of kissing contact between teacher and student. You're not supposed to even hug or touch them!
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