Hello everyone! My name is Jeannie and I am the author of Kindergarten Lifestyle. Elizabeth was generous enough to invite me to guest post for her. With back-to-school I know we are all becoming super busy. We always have so many things on our to-do lists! Any good teacher plans for the most important events throughout the school year. And, what's the most important event to a kid? .....even more exciting than Christmas (although Christmas is a close second).......Yup - their birthday (I can hear all you K teachers screaming that now - Duhhhh....:0)
Of course, their birthdays are the most special day of their lives... So, it's the duty of every good teacher to make that day special for them (I know add it to our ever-growing list)......
So, for my post today, I thought I'd bring you some fun birthday celebration ideas with a couple of freebies thrown in. Does anyone here like freebies....ok girls - it's not Black Friday at Walmart....there's enough for all :0) Ok, so I'll get started!
One of the things that I do each year is give my birthday kiddos a birthday card, pencil, sticker, and crown. I'm not super big into treasure boxes so I keep my "presents" low key. I want to keep the focus on the fact that they are a year older and it's their special day - not on getting something.
At the beginning of each year as soon as I get a class list one of the things I do to help myself during the school year is to "pre-make" all birthday cards. I staple a birthday card - all made out and ready to go-- and sticker together. Then I hole-punch the top and bottom of the card and slide a fancy birthday pencil through. I keep all the cards in a convenient place so I never have to give much thought to birthday preparations. With all we have to keep up with - it's so nice knowing that Johnny's birthday card is all ready!
Our morning message announces who the birthday child is and during Calendar time he/she gets to be the "teacher" and help lead us through our calendar routine. Not only does the birthday child love this, but the other kids seems to really enjoy this ritual too. We place the birthday child on our birthday calendar. He/she chooses which color to type his/her name in. Then, it's time to sing, Happy Birthday. We all sing a special version of Happy Birthday to the birthday child. I have included a FREEBIE for you if you like!
CLICK HERE for your FREEBIE!
I have a bucket of "birthday" books that we only touch on birthdays. So, the birthday child gets to choose the "birthday" book we read. Here are some that are in my "birthday" stash:
During Writer's Workshop, we begin work on THE GIFT BOOK. This is also a FREE download for you here!
CLICK HERE or click the picture to grab it!
This FREEBIE contains 6 different cover pages your birthday child can choose from and write his/her name on the line. Then the rest of the kiddos get to work creating a "gift" page to include in the book. The "gift" page has a little peek-a-boo window that reveals the "gift" each child has chosen to "give" the birthday child. Combine all the "gift" pages with the chosen cover and....Wa-la!!
This is a great keepsake and a wonderful way to top off a very special day!!
How do you celebrate your students' birthdays?
**Thank you once again to Elizabeth for allowing me to post about how I celebrate birthdays in the classrooms. I hope you enjoyed it and/or found something new to do with your crew.....
I have a matching word wall game that I also play with my birthday child during guided reading over on my blog today (Kindergarten Lifestyle).....and it's FREE - hop on over to grab it as well! :0)