In elementary school, birthdays are special. Students are sung to, treats are had, and a cute certificate is placed on their desk. They get to use this special chair sign for the day:
(That is of course, if they celebrate their birthdays. Always check during the first few days of school! I do this by including a question on their family surveys. Chair cover is from the Dollar Store.)
My birthday always falls within the first week of school, so I rarely expect presents...because they've known me for what, 3 days?
However, my heart aches for those summer birthdays who don't get celebrated. So this year, I decided to change that.
We are celebrating half birthdays:
I sent a note home to all my parents in December who had students with June, July, or early August birthdays to let them know we'd be celebrating and that they're welcome to bring in treats.
One mom made these:
They were delicious!
There has been a lot of positive feedback from my students and their families, so I'll definitely be doing this again next year!