Never forget a student’s birthday with the birthday committee! A simple and creative idea to put elementary students in charge of birthday celebrations so you can keep teaching!
Truth: I have a secret teacher fear that I will forget a child’s birthday.
By the time you finally get your class list (Doesn’t it feel like it takes forever?!) birthdays are the last thing on your mind! You’re scrambling to label popsicle sticks, job boards, folders, cubbies, coatroom hangers, mail boxes, desks, and basically anything else that will sit still. #mustlabelallthethings
While you’re fretting about fonts, creating curriculum calendars, and sweating bullets about Back to School Night bulletin boards, there’s always one or two cuties with August birthdays that are just ready to sneak up and make you feel like an absolutely awful human!
No more worrying I say! The birthday committee is here to save the day!
The Birthday Box
Getting your birthday box ready for the birthday committee is one super easy way to feel productive during the summer! You can get everything you need during a grocery trip to Target or from your couch on Amazon.
Getting Ready for The Birthday Committee
1. Buy some streamers, balloons, markers, stickers, and birthday pencils and put them in a plastic bin. This bin is now the treasured birthday box.
2. When school starts add a “humanitarian” job to your classroom job board. (That way if there are no birthdays during their job week the humanitarian can engage in other types of classroom kindness.)
3. When students come for open house before school begins, have them sign their name and birthday on a piece of paper organized by month (12 boxes work great), so you can keep track of every child’s birthday in a simple way. Keep a copy of this page for yourself and in the birthday box.
4. Once school begins, It’s the humanitarian’s job to make a card, get a sticker/pencil, and decorate the desk of any birthday boys or gals. They can do this on their own or ask a few friends (the “birthday committee”) to help.
Birthdays for the year – DONE!
The kids LOVE being the gift givers/desk decorators and you don’t have to worry about missing a student’s birthday ever again!
When you’re at the store, look for crepe paper streamers, a bag or two of balloons, and possibly a few party hats (as an extra touch it can be pretty fun to put party hats on any classroom stuffed animals). Then when school begins, grab some masking tape and construction paper from the teacher work room. Voila! Your birthday committee is complete!
Any other ideas for the birthday box or committee? Share them in the comments!
If you’re interested in more of the Summer Stuff Series, focused on simple items to make or think about implementing in your classroom next year, check out these posts:
Summer Stuff #1 – The Birthday Committee
Summer Stuff #2 – The Service Station Freebie
Summer Stuff #3 – The Tooth Fairy
Summer Stuff #4 – Freebie Sanitizer Bathroom Passes
Summer Stuff #5 – Books for Back to School
Summer Stuff #6 – Award Awesome Students with The C.H.I.P. Award
Summer Stuff #7 – Crazy Easy Differentiation Folders
Summer Stuff #8 – Collecting Mentor Texts for Writing
Have a fab day Super Teacher,