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A Sweet Way to Celebrate Birthdays

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.)

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Speaking of a sugar craze, the kids thought they hit the jackpot in Myrtle Beach this summer. This pic was taken at IT’SUGAR at Broadway at the Beach.

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?

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8 responses

  1. I have done the candy bar treat before, and I think I’ll just get busy and do it again! I was at Yummies in Maine a couple of weeks ago—they advertise 10,000 lbs. of candy on their sign. It’s true. Everything is bagged up ready to grab. I got some Bonomo Turkish Taffy that I haven’t had in many years. Still “yummy.”

    1. My birthday is December 19th. I like Peppermint Patties. πŸ˜‰

  2. I love this idea! Sugar is banned at my school (boo) but I can imagine you’ve made so many kids feel really special. Also love the Myrtle Beach photo. The little guy on the left is making the same expression as one of my favorite students. Funny how I feel like I know his exact personality because of this! πŸ™‚

    1. I never thought about sugar being banned. We aren’t allowed to sell candy in our classes anymore -which we did to raise money for Relay For Life. Maybe you could do mini bags of chips – Doritos or Cheetos??? They sell them for 3/$1 at The Dollar General. That’s Ian on the left – he is a character for sure!!

      1. Haha, chips are banned too!! They do let families bring cupcakes for birthdays, but that’s it. I give them a night off homework on a cute little pass, which they look forward to. I just love that your idea is personalized. I would have remembered a teacher that gave my favorite candy bar forever! πŸ™‚

      2. Haha! What a healthy school! You could make them a little birthday card with a note – That is something I would keep forever.

      3. Yeah, my school is a little unconventional. I like the card idea πŸ™‚

      4. Haha, chips are banned too!! They do let families bring cupcakes for birthdays, but that’s it. I give them a night off homework on a cute little pass, which they look forward to. I just love that your idea is personalized. I would have remembered a teacher that gave my favorite candy bar forever! πŸ™‚

        PS. I can tell Ian is a character. My favorite kind of kid!

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