Summer Stuff #1 - The Birthday Committee

If you're like me, you're reading late into the night, sleeping in, and attempting not to think too much about the upcoming school year.

However, if you're not like me, you're printing, laminating, cutting, decorating, and getting your classroom ready for Back to School time (which will all too quickly be upon us).
If you're one of the latter types of teachers, these Summer Stuff posts are for you.  If you're like me, pin them and come back to them a week before school starts (all the while kicking yourself that you didn't do it sooner).  
I have a secret teacher fear that I will forget a child's birthday.

Thus, "The Birthday Committee" is my saving grace.  During the summer I grab as many packs of cheap streamers and birthday pencils as possible and put them in "The Birthday Box".  Then, during the school year our humanitarian (this is a job on our job board) is in charge of using these supplies to decorate anyone's desk who has a birthday.  They can ask a few friends for help and they become "The Birthday Committee" for the day.  They make sure the birthday kiddo gets a pencil, a decorated desk, a card, and they put a birthday hat on my stuffed animal Kermit.  (He looks so cute in his Sponge Bob hat).  I also have an old trophy given to me long ago that is now our birthday trophy.  It's old and decrepit but the kids love having it on their desk on their special day.
All I have to do is write birthdays down on my calendar and buy stuff for our birthday box.  The kids take care of the rest.

So, while you're at the store this summer get some streamers, a plastic box with a lid, some tape, and you're good to go.  The thought of forgetting a child's birthday will never cause you to lose sleep again! Hooray!

If you're interested in more of my Summer Stuff Series, focused on easy items to make or think about implementing in your classroom next year, check out these posts:
Summer Stuff #2 - The Service Station Freebie
Summer Stuff #3 - The Tooth Fairy
Summer Stuff #4 - Freebie Sanitizer Bathroom Passes
Summer Stuff #5 - Books for Back to School
Summer Stuff #6 - Award Awesome Students with The C.H.I.P. Award
Summer Stuff #7 - Crazy Easy Differentiation Folders
Summer Stuff #8 - Collecting Mentor Texts for Writing


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  2. I just found your blog & I'm your newest follower!! I absolutely LOVE this idea!! I must admit that there have been times that I have *almost* forgotten a birthday. Call it brain overload! :) I am excited to follow along with your blog & read some more great ideas!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. GREAT IDEA! :) I just wrote this down to implement for next year..well, in a few months! eek. I better get started! Thanks :)

    Always A Lesson

  4. Just found your blog through TPT. Looks wonderful!

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  5. I just found your blog. I am a new follower.


  6. I just found your blog and became your newest follower!
    Stop by and look around.

  7. Tamera,
    You have a darling blog, that I'm now following!