Birthday's are a BIG deal in First Grade. We have a very specific routine in our classroom for whenever one of our friends has a birthday.
STEP 1: The birthday friend sits in the middle of the rug with the rest of us sitting around the edge.
STEP 2: Mrs. Anderson brings a special duck to the rug with writing on the bottom that usually says: Happy Birthday _________(insert birthday friend's name)! First Grade 2010-2011.
STEP 3: Each student in the class holds the duck and says what they like best about their birthday friend. I must say, this class is so amazing at coming up with original reasons. I love it!! But, then again, this IS an extraordinary class.
Dylan in the middle with his birthday duck.
You can't see it (or hear it :) ) but Chloe is holding the duck and saying
something VERY nice about her friend,
STEP 4: After the rug activities, the birthday friend gets to stand on a table while everyone sings "Happy Birthday" complete with a loud "Quack! Quack! Quack!" at the end of each line.
STEP 5: (This part is optional) If a child brings a birthday treat from home, this is where we all get to eat it.
Treats from Zoe's birthday celebration!
RULE: No one may take a bite or drink of the treat until the
birthday friend takes one first.
If a child's birthday is in the summer, never fear, we will celebrate the child's HALF birthday.