Birthday and Lost Tooth Celebrations
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I have a gift bag full of items ready to help me celebrate each child's birthday. The bag contains the following items: birthday vest and hat, awards, poetry cube, copy of songs to sing, "Birthday Cake" songbook and cd. The vest, hat, songbook blacklines and CD are all available at www.katieandcompany.net.
I also have all of my students sign this birthday card. I used clipart from www.djinkers.com. Each birthday child also gets to take home the Birthday Bag and complete the Birthday Journal. See Take-Home Bags and Activities.
We start the birthday celebration by singing the "Birthday Cake" song from Parachute Express Sunny Side Up CD. We use the book from Katie and Company to sing along.
After we sing the song, we take out the "birthday cake" that I made. This is a fake cake that you can make. I use the Royal Icing that you can get at any cake decorating store. There are also recipes available online. The inside is styrofoam. The cake dries very hard. (I am really not that talented at cake decorating so this year my friend, Cindy Lea Kressin, made my beautiful new cake. Thanks, Cindy!) The kids love it when I take it out. Make sure that you tell them it is not real. I light the candles and the child blows them out after we sing "Happy Birthday."
The child then rolls the poetry cube. The cube is 2 bottoms of milk cartons covered with contact paper. I recite the rhyme that is turned up and then the class repeats it with me. I got this idea from Valerie Welk. The following poems were in her handout.
Birthday Child - Rose Fyleman
The Wish- Ann Friday
Birthday Cake - Aileen Fisher
And have a family party
And have a cake with candles
I bet a birthday CHEESE cake
A Birthday - unknown
Apples, peaches, pears and plums
Birthday- Aileen Fisher
I take a picture of the birthday child holding the cake and wearing the hat and vest. I send one copy home, put one in the child's memory book (see Memory Book section) and put another print in the class birthday book.
The birthday book is created as the year goes on. It stays in the class book library. I have each child's birthday already written on each page (they go in chronological order) and I add the photos after we celebrate the child's birthday. We celebrate half birthdays. You can use any birthday notepad. I use Trend Sparkle Classic Accent T10101 and Name Tags T68102.