Happy Birthday Gifts for Your Students

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  1. TeacherSandra

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    I was wondering, do you give your students any birthday gifts? do you go to any birthday parties if you have been invited??


    I do not go to any birthday parties (outside of our classroom), because I know if I went to one and didn't go to any others, I would be doomed! :blush:

    In the past, we have given our students a Birthday Certificate that entitled them to an ice cream of their choice that they could eat during snack time. It was pretty special since they were the only ones gobbling up their ice cream treat while everyone else had crackers or cereal. ;)
    This year, I am giving out Birthday Cards that entitle the Birthday kid to pick a Scholastic Book from the Birthday box. All of my books will be purchased with my Scholastic points.

    Just wondering what you're going to do this year.
     
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    I like the idea of picking a book from the birthday box. I have not yet planned anything special, but this seems like a pretty good idea!
     
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    I give mine a free night from homework. They can choose the night. I also do this for Christmas. Cheap (well, free), and extremely popular.
     
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    I have attended a birthday party before for one of my students. It was nice to be invited. :) Naturally, I did not stay long, but I wanted to pop by and wish her a happy birthday.

    As far as celebrating birthdays in the classroom, I...here we go again....made postcards on VISTAPRINT!!!!...that wish the students happy birthday and excuse them from that night's homework assignment. I also have some happy birthday bookmarks.

    I allow parents to bring cupcakes, but the students are only allowed to eat them during their lunch time.
     
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    I have a Birthday box with bookmarks, pens, and pencils...they get to choose something from there, and I give them each a book that I pick that matches their reading (looking) interests and personality...
     
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    I order every student a set of personalized pencils from www.forteachersonly.com. I order a couple of extras that say
    "4th Grade Rocks" for new students that come in after I order them. I also give them a Happy Birthday postcard and a sucker taped to the back of it.
     
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    I'm fortunate, our school does gives out a "birthday cup" on each child's birthday, so that we don't have to do anything. It is nice not to worry about it.

    I've only been actually invited to one birthday party, and I went. I felt a bit awkward about it (the old, if I go to one, I'll have to go to them all) but a) since she's the only one who asked, and b) her mother was a fellow teacher, I went. I had a great time! I'd definitely do it again.
     
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    My school gives out a certificate for free ice cream, and I usually give the kids a post card. I am mean I guess lol.

    My birthday has always been during a school holiday- so I guess to me birthdays aren't a big deal.
     
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    Our school has a health food policy, so I can't give the favorite candy bar like I used to. I give a birthday pencil, birthday bookmark, and a rice krispy treat (meets food guidelines for our school) and they can eat it during class if they wish.
     
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    Same here.
     
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    I like the choosing a book out of the birthday box idea. As it is now, our school announces the kid's name over the loudspeaker, and gives them a birthday ribbon to wear. I give out a birthday book (but in the past, it's been my choice of book, not theirs) from my Scholastic points and we all sing and dance to the birthday song in honor of the birthday kid during calendar time.

    For summer birthdays, I make packages including a birthday book and one of the school's ribbons, plus a card from me, and I give them to the kids' parents on the last day of school, asking them to hold on to it until the kid's birthday. Whether they remember to give it to them or not, I don't know, but it makes me feel better that everyone was remembered in some way.
    Kim
     
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    I give out a birthday certificate, pencil, and a lollipop.
     
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    What kind of dance??
     
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    I can't wait to get my class list. I am so getting them. I remember you or someone else posting that link before. I might give mine for Christmas though.

    Do you all think just a free choice from the treasure box and a lunch with a friend ticket is enough or should I put together little goodie bags? OOPS I actually just remembered I got some Curious George mechanical pencils to include with card from me, free choice from treasure box, and lunch with a friend ticket.

    Yet another thing to think about!!

    lemon
     
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    Hi Lemon! I think your treasure box gift + lunch/friend ticket is plenty nice. :love:
     
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    Hi and thanks! I think I might let them be teacher of the day too for free.

    I am sitting here at work cutting out laminate...boring!
     
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    I do the same thing. Parents love it, too, especially when something unexpected comes up and they have the Homework Birthday Pass. At least I know it won't end up in the garbage.
     
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    I make a BIG Birthday card on a poster board or a banner on their favorite colored butcher paper. I have the children draw pictures and sign it for the Birthday student. The child goes to my GREEN BOX for a toy or whatever that's in there that they wish to get. Sometimes I give them a story book or coloring book of their favorite animal, crayons, pencils, etc. The children look forward to having their BIG card or banner hanging up in the classroom for the whole day & it becomes a conversational piece. The school allows the parents to bring in a cake or cupcakes but they have to be store bought. The children love it, especially the parties for the children whose parents bring in individual Birthday surprise bags; MORE JUNK!
    A Birthday is just another excuse for our Class to party!:cool:
    R1
     
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    After reading all of these posts I have to ask a question. "How do you handle students who because of religious reasons do not celebrate birthdays or holidays?"
    I had two last year and gave them free homework passes but it really made me think about not doing anything in class so they don't feel out of place. These students could not even sing Happy Birthday for other students.
     
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    I don't try to force them to participate or make them feel bad because they have different views.
     

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