Saturday, August 18, 2012

Birthday Bags

Birthdays are a big deal. They should be a big deal. It is a special day and you only get it once a year. As a kid, birthdays were always a big deal. I loved that. I teach at a low income school, so not all of my kids get to have a big deal birthday.
Boy's bags are green.
The past 2 years, I haven't been good about celebrating birthdays. I was just keeping my head above water with everything else, and this just got a little lost. I am going to change that this year.

In the past I have given my students a sticker, sent them to the announcements, had the class sing to them, put a special chair cover on their chair, and given them a small prize. I know that some teachers go all out for student birthdays, but I am not going to go that far.

Here is my new plan:

  1. Add all student birthdays to my lesson plan book so I will be sure to know when they are coming.
  2. Prepare birthday bags for the day of their birthday.
  3. Assign all summer birthdays an "un-birthday" during the school year.
  4. Give them a "bonus" from our class bank. I am thinking $50 extra for their account. (Classroom Economy - I will be doing a comprehensive post on my classroom economy next week)
Contents:
-balloon
-birthday pencil
-eraser
-bookmark
-Lifesaver mint
-post it notes
-Star birthday sticker
-4 fun stickers

Girl's bags are purple.


10 comments :

Raye said...

Oh this is a great idea! I too am horrible about birthdays. I start off well and then other things get in the way and it goes off to the wayside. This is GREAT though and I may just have to steal it!! :)

Lauren said...

Love the birthday bags idea. I just bought some at Target! :)
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2nd Grade Teacher
The Sweetest Thing

Amanda said...

I'm loving the birthday bag idea. I also teach at a low income school and sometimes the kids aren't even excited for their birthday. It's just another day...so sad! I think these bags would really help them feel special.

Amanda
The Teaching Thief

Meagan England said...

This is so neat. I struggle with birthdays since I teach over 80 students a day! I always have the class sing, but summer birthdays often get left out! I need to do better. Any teachers with ideas for teachers with lots of students; I would love to hear them.


Meagan
oodlesofteachingfun

Katrina said...

My recommendation for summer birthdays is to celebrate them on their half birthday. (The date that's exactly 6 months before and after the actual date.) I have a summer birthday so I never got to celebrate my birthday at school until fifth grade when my teacher did the half birthday idea.

Aimee said...

I love this idea! I don't go over the top when it comes to birthdays either. Last year I gave them a crown and a mechanical pencil. I'm wondering if I can't maybe put some of these together in time...I've got all the materials....hmmmm. Great idea!!!

Aimee
Primarily Speaking

Deb said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Love the un-birthday idea. I am a december baby and bated it teachers celebrated everyone elses and forgot mine. Defiently doing that this year. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I teach 3rd and 4th graders and I purchase composition notebooks and cute colored ink pens when they are on sale before school starts...keep them all in a tote in my closet and on the child's birthday, I haul out the tote and they choose the color notebook and pen that they want...I am also a summer birthday (June) and I allow my summer birthday kids to choose a day to celebrate with the class.

mackyton said...

I liked these Birthday Bags a lot. These can be used for party favors too. I am surely going to make these for the party that we will host for celebration of our daughter’s upcoming birthday. We will book this party at one of the local event halls for rent.

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