Saturday, October 31, 2015

Building a Classroom Family {Celebrating Classroom Birthdays}

Hello there, Friends! Today I am super excited to talk about, what I like to call, "a classroom family." This is very similar to a "classroom community" and requires the proper set up from the teacher to assure that students know their roles, responsibilities, and expectations in the classroom.

Each month I will be sharing a different tip with you, highlighting how I set up my classroom family with my students. Setting up the classroom family isn't a once and done thing. It doesn't just occur during the back to school season and it can't just be expected to grow on it's own. Think about your own family for a second. Families and relationships take a lot of hard work and it's the same with the classroom family.

Today we are talking about celebrating classroom birthdays with students! Students should feel special and valued every day, but they are really looking for that extra acknowledgement on their birthday!
 One way that I celebrate birthdays with my students, that saves me a lot of time and money, are these fancy seat covers from Claire Ganni. Trust me when I say they are even more beautiful in person, like that's even possible!! I love that I could customize them (pick out the colors and sprinkles) and that they shipped super fast!
I got two for my classroom for two reasons. 

1. Believe it or not, sometimes I have students with the same birthday!
2. I like to give students the choice of which seat they would like to use for their birthday.
The students get so excited to use these lovely seats covers. Last week one of my sweet girls chose to use the pink cover for her birthday. Now... are you ready for some exciting news that I could hardly keep to myself this week?

I am kick starting my #classroomfamilies blog series with a giveaway! You can enter to win one of these gorgeous Claire Ganni birthday seat covers for your own classroom!


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15 comments:

  1. I will write them a birthday letter!

    Tan Chris Na

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    1. Thanks for entering! The birthday letter is such a sweet idea!

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  2. I would love to win these! It is my birthday today

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    1. Happy Birthday, Kelsey! Thanks for entering!

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  3. I give them a birthday pencil and a birthday postcard!

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  4. In the past I gave them a birthdaycertificate, a bookmark, a sticker that tells everyone it is their birthday, and a pencil. This year each child will receive a birthday certificate and a gift certificate for a free book from Scholastic. I also call them "birthday boy/girl" and give them special privileges for the day (i.e.let their table go first, etc.) We always sing for them whether they bring a treat or not.

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  5. They get a card, a pencil, and a twisty straw balloon

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  6. I usually just give my students a birthday certificate and pencil, but they would truly enjoy these on their seats when they come in on their birthdays! I have students who have birthdays on the same day as well (matter of fact, I think every year I've been teaching-which has only be three-there have been two students who have the same birthdays!

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  7. Looking forward to your future posts on building a classroom family! I love this concept!

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  8. I'd love to win this to make the special birthday student feel special! :) We sing, have a celebration if the family chooses, and they get a certificate. :)

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  9. I give each student a certificate, a birthday book the other students help create, and a Scento marker! :)

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  10. We usually have special snacks for birthdays! :)

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  11. I celebrate by giving them a sticker to wear and giving them a little gift.

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  12. Birthday Chair Cover is so cute! Children enjoy when there are sung to by the whole class!

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  13. Haven't been celebrating but this will allow me to start.

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