Friday, May 9, 2014

How do you celebrate?

In our classroom birthdays are kind of a big deal. I was a summer birthday and never got to celebrate at school. Most of the time I would just get a small acknowledgment on the last day of school before summer break. I remember being sad that almost all of my other friends got to celebrate at school and bring in treats, etc. So, when I became a teacher I decided that I wouldn't let that happen to my students! We celebrate half-birthdays during the winter months so that they can have a special day to call their own.

In the morning when the students arrive they find birthday confetti at their spot. It's a fun way for them to start their day! At group time we sing Dr. Jean's birthday song and the children get a birthday crown, pencil, stickers and a certificate that smells like birthday cake.

I had a birthday bulletin board before, but it wasn't very exciting. As soon as I put this one up all of the students noticed! I like that some of the pieces focus on the current month instead of just a year long bulletin board.

Each month I change out the label and little flags to reflect the current month's birthdays. I put these on the big cupcake. Then on each child's birthday we move their flag to the top of the birthday cake. They get such a kick out of seeing their name at the top! :) And then to tie it all together I use the CTP Polka Dot Party Border.

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