What I wanted to show you tonight is how I help make my little sweetie's birthdays special while at school. They get to blow out birthday candles! I have this cute little box that I think I got at DollarTree and covered the top with matching cardstock. I then use those little candle holders to punch holes down into the box. This little box has lasted MANY years, I just replace the cardstock as needed. The first time I bring out the birthday box, there are "ooohs" and "aahhhs" from everyone! I take their picture with the birthday box, we sing, and they get to make a wish, and blow out the candles.
|Smiling picture before the candles are blown out.|
|Make a wish and blow out the candles!|
The vast majority of my students come from homes where they have had the traditional birthday parties and blowing out the candles is nothing new, but there are those few that every now and again, I've wondered if they have had had this experience. You sometimes never know what they go home to or have to live with and just this small part of childhood that many of us take for granted is something I want for each of my students...to make a wish and have the hopes of it coming true.
Now, I'm not saying that those sweeties that get to blow out candles every year at home are not excited because they are! This is one of the most anticipated things that happens on their birthday! If we don't do it right away when their birthday arrives, I have to listen to "When are we doing the birthday box?" and "Are we going to do the birthday box?" Of course, I can't keep them waiting for too long!!
I can in no way take credit for this sweet idea! When my youngest son (who is now in 9th grade!) was in first grade, his super sweet teacher did this and I have had this tradition in my classroom every year since. My sweeties love it and I do too!!
Do you have any traditions in you class that you do each year with your class? I'd love to here about them!
Till next time...