Children need attention and acknowledgement on a regular basis.
They crave it even more than we do.
As a result, I believe it is very important to recognize all student birthdays in my classroom! We have a routine. It isn’t big but I wanted to share it with you. HINT: There is a lot of singing!
1st: During a whole group time we call birthday child up to the front
2nd: We sing “How old are you now?” to the tune of Happy Birthday and count up to the number and stopping when the birthday child yells “stop!”
3rd: We sing “Bonne Fête” to introduce some French in our class.
4th: We sing “Quel age as tu?” and count in French stopping at “arrêt!”
5th: The birthday child gets a crown!
I used to use bulletin borders as crowns or a blank crown which they would colour and design any way that they wanted.
I recently changed this up as I didn’t want to worry about cutting the crowns out in the middle of class and I wanted my students to do it independently.
To prepare, at the beginning of the year, I cut out strips of poster board to go around their head and stored them in a safe location in the class. I then let them choose from a variety of pre-designed crowns which they get to to cut out and color.
They love bing able to pick from a wide assortment of abilities and wear their crown proudly all day!
Click below if you want to see what we use!