Monday, August 5, 2013

Happy Birthday!!

Remember in elementary school when we could bring in cupcakes, or Rice Krispie treats, or gift bags for each of our friends on our birthdays?  Just a few years ago, when baby girl was in 3rd grade (ok, that's more than a few years ago) I stayed up until 1 in the morning making turkey-decorated cupcakes for her Thanksgiving birthday.  Of course, that was before Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Blogging, so I don't have a cute picture to share...but they were adorable...brown frosting, candy corn feathers, a fruit roll up was great!

Anyway, once our students get to the high school classroom, birthdays become less important in the course of the day.  Sure, they may have parties with friends, get a new car from their parents, or finally buy that lotto ticket they always wanted, but we rarely celebrate high school birthdays in the classroom.  In honor of our teenage students, I thought I would put together a little birthday gift to make their day a little more special.

The one thing that I still need help with is whether or not to give them out directly on each student's birthday or hand them out on the first of the month for all students with birthdays in that month.  My biggest concern is for those students with birthdays at the end of May when the only thing left is exams...thoughts? I'd love to hear how you would use this certificate.

Oh, and as an added bonus...the little Happy Birthday poem can be sung to the tune of Happy Birthday...and now it will be stuck in your head ALL. DAY. You're welcome.


  1. I found your blog post via Pinterest.
    Perhaps for May/summ birthdays give the students their pass for their "half birthdays". i.e. May birthdays would receive theirs in November.

    1. Good thought Rachel! I had thought about that for summer birthdays, but May birthdays could work that way too. Thanks for stopping by!