Morning Meeting, Celebrating Students' Birthdays


If you teach K-2 you know that birthdays are a big deal, a really big deal, to your kiddos! Do you, or can you celebrate them at your school? We do in a few simple ways....
Creating a Thoughtful Classroom,  Birthdays at Morning Meeting

My school states in our handbook that students may bring in cupcakes for their classmates (we're a private school) to share at the end of the instructional day- I can live with this, and that's what we do. Short and sweet!

At the beginning of the day I also like to recognize the birthday boy or girl during morning meeting by making them a birthday cake, out of their friends of course! Huh? How is that possible?? It's something I picked up years ago at a Dr. Jean Workshop (her idea, of course!), and the kids LOVE it!!! Here's how it works....

All the kids hold hands to form a giant circle with the birthday child standing in the middle. He/she picks friends to be the candles. The friend-candles circle around the birthday child, inside the bigger cake/circle. Then, I usually "light" the candles by making a striking match sound ("shooop") and tapping each candle on their head. They respond by putting their hands up in a point above their heads. Finally, we all sing "Happy Birthday" and the kid of the day gets to make a wish and blow out each candle. I always remind them to aim at the TOPS of their friends' heads- "Don't blow your friend in the face!"

We celebrated a birthday this week, so here's how it looks.....

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Adorable, right? The birthday girl is smiling so big she looks like she's gonna pop, right?! SO excited!

How do you recognize birthdays in your classroom community?

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  1. Birthdays are a big deal...not matter what the grade. My class gets a juice box and a crazy straw to drink it with. I also made a youtube playlist with a bunch of birthday videos...Justin Bieber singing Happy Birthday, Muppets singing, etc and the birthday person gets to choose the video.
    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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