Birthdays in the classroom can be a lot of work for teachers. They are a special occasion, and as a teacher, you want to make sure that your student feels celebrated and special on their big day. But with all of the other things going on in the classroom, it can be hard to know how to handle this kind of celebration. You don’t want to overshadow the child’s special day, but you also want to make sure your student feels special.
We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll give you some tips for celebrating birthdays in the classroom. We’ll help make your child’s birthday celebration a success!
Here is my Birthday Party Classroom Story…
One day a parent approached me and asked if she can bring in some things for her son’s birthday and I said,
“No problem, we usually do them on Fridays after 2:30 and we will take 30 minutes to celebrate your son’s birthday.”
She replied, “That’s great I’ll go ahead and plan for Friday.”
That Friday at 2:00 she pops in the room and says “I’m here, let’s get this party started!”
I quickly make my way to the door and see that she has a flatbed cart filled with pizza, cake, soda, gifts, prizes, etc.
She proceeds to take over my classroom with a party game and asked if I would help her set up the food.
I was frazzled and just wanted the day to end, so I did as she asked.
The kids enjoyed it, but I was stressed and had no control over the situation. We were late getting through dismissal, and all I could think of is “How did I go wrong?”
From that point on, I educated my parents on how we can celebrate birthdays in the classroom.
I made it to where we only had one birthday party for all the students that month. Parents of that student can help or choose to not participate. One can bring cupcakes, one can bring drinks, one can bring pizza, etc.
Then on their special day, I gave them a small gift and a card.
Here are some tips for handling birthdays in the classroom.
First, make sure that you have a plan for how you will celebrate each student’s birthday.
Second, keep it simple. A small treat or party is all that is needed. You don’t need to do anything elaborate, but it’s important to show your students that you care about their special day. You can also let your students bring in treats or gifts for their classmates.
Finally, make sure to take time out of your busy schedule to wish each student a happy birthday individually. Send a handwritten note or give them a small gift that is unique to them
How to make quick party favors:
Solo cup, pencil, candy, small toy
Have a Birthday Kit:
Card (half sheet postcard)
Bulletin board (balloons, cupcakes)
bubbles theme: “Have a Bubbly Birthday”
“Have a sweet Birthday” (anything sweet)
“Have a crazy fun birthday” (silly straw)
Birthday activities can be a fun way to celebrate your students in the classroom. There are many different ways to celebrate, and it is important to find an activity that best suits each student. By taking into account things like interests and personality traits, teachers can create an experience that is both meaningful and memorable for their students. What activities have you tried in your classroom to celebrate your students?