This SMART Notebook activity is a great way to help your students learn their birthdays. I use this notebook in my All About Me unit that I teach during the first couple of weeks of school. This Notebook could be easily adapted for use in your early childhood classroom. It includes a birthday chant, a birthday graph, making patterns with balloons, age graph, counting and matching numbers, and a writing prompt.
Kids love their birthdays, just like we do! I like to make sure that my students have a little something to make their day even more special. At the beginning of each year I would make sure to have enough hats and stickers for each child, but I wanted to be a little more creative. A few years ago, I decided to make each of my students a treat bag to give to them on their birthday! If their birthday fell on a weekend, I would give them the bag on Friday. For my summer birthdays, I would give them the bag during the last week of school. Each bag had a box of crayons, a pack of gummy snacks, a birthday pencil, and a couple of small trinkets. I got a big bucket, added some curly ribbon, and used my Cricut to cut vinyl letters to make “Happy Birthday.” Before school starts, I make enough bags for every student in my class. In the bucket I keep the birthday bags, hats, and cards. I also have a cute and cuddly Happy Birthday Teddy Bear that sits with the birthday boy or girl for the day! So I am never surprised when a child enters with a big grin and says, “It’s my birthday today!”
How do you celebrate your students’ birthdays in your classroom? I would love to hear your ideas!