Building relationships with your students is often more important than any reading or math skill that we’ll teach in our classrooms. When kids know you care, they’ll work harder and enjoy school more. One way to strengthen relationships with your students is by recognizing their birthdays. Let them know you care by focusing on their special day! The good news? It doesn’t have to cost a dime!
Try these simple ways to celebrate student birthdays.
Read all about it.
Have the student read their book (or a portion depending on the length) aloud to the class. For struggling readers, you may choose to read to them. Your students’ birthdays will be part of your classroom forever while letting them provide their own gift of literacy!
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Sing it loud.
I actually made mine into a cheer!
Teacher: I don’t know what I’ve been told!
But _____ just turned ____ years old!
Everyone: Happy birthday, ________!
Share words of kindness.
When finished, you can take a picture of the child surrounded by positive comments to send home with the student and share with their parent(s) or guardians.
I love using reward tags all year to motivate and reward my students for meeting academic and behavior goals. You can read more about how I use reward tags HERE.
On a student’s birthday, it’s fun to give them a special tag! This tag is in my reward tag bundle.
Celebrate the star student.
Invite the birthday girl or boy to bring in something special to them for show and tell or to share a special talent or skill with the class.