July 05, 2010
In my classroom we celebrate birthdays in a fun and memorable way. Whenever one of my students has a birthday, a "Birthday Bear" and a "Happy Birthday" flag are displayed on their desk for the day. The bear holds their gift of a special pencil.
I also read a poem from a book with a collection of birthday-themed poems, and the class sings "Happy Birthday" as I play the kazoo. Afterwards, I pop a confetti-filled balloon over the birthday girl/boy’s head. The children love it.
Of course, any summer birthdays are celebrated the last few days of school. During the summer I fill the balloons and store them in a zip-lock bag. Be sure to fill a few extra. The children will insist on popping a balloon over their teacher’s head on his/her birthday.