Today is one of my oldest friend’s birthday. Happy Birthday Stacy!!
(Not so) many years ago Stacy and I had a love for Pixie Sticks and all things sugar (Cherry Coke and Hostess Cupcakes were two other favorites.)
In honor of both her birthday and the fast-approaching first day of school, I wanted to share a birthday idea I got from a friend at work.
On the first day of school during Advisory/Homeroom, I have students decorate a name tag/tent. They write their name on one side and on the back they write their birthday and favorite candy.
I use these name tags for the first few days in order to learn their names. Later they can be used to make seating charts or used to create cooperative learning groups.
I collect the name tents at the end of the period and record all their birthdays and favorite candy bars on the calendar.
Then every two months, Tweedle Dee and I go on a candy-seeking mission after school while we wait for her brother to get home from elementary school. Sometimes it is tricky and we have to search high and low for a certain candy bar but I have never missed anyone’s special day.
Caramello, Cow Tales, Sweet Tarts, and Peanut Butter M & Ms are some of the hardest to find. I have the best luck at the gas station or at convenience stores like Circle K.
(I usually only buy two months worth at a time and I save the summer birthdays for the last day of school.)
On each student’s birthday I make a grand presentation during Advisory. And I let them eat it if they want (9 out of 10 kids do so and 4 out of 5 teachers “thank” me for the sugar rush). But it’s their special day…and a little sugar never hurt anyone, right Stacy?
How do you celebrate birthdays in your classroom?
What is your favorite candy?