August 16, 2006
On a student’s birthday, he/she sits in the teacher’s chair and shares all about the day of his/her birth or a first memory. After we all sing “Happy Birthday,” the student opens our Birthday Box, which contains two identical state quarters. The student identifies the state on the Quarter Map, places the first quarter in the slot, and then keeps the second quarter as a birthday gift. We also take the child’s picture for our class photo album. For birthdays that fall on days when there is no school — weekends, holidays, summer break, etc. — we celebrate them during a week when no one else has a birthday. This celebration has been an inexpensive and educational way to honor a student on his/her birthday.