I like to acknowledge student birthdays with a small party or a little gift. Usually parents bring in a snack for the class or if the parents are not able to provide a snack, I’ll provide ice cream bars. This year I borrowed our 5th-6th grade teacher’s idea and placed small gift bags (marked with the date and gifts placed inside) on the wall under a Happy Birthday banner. This arrangement provides classroom decoration, helps me remember the dates of each student’s birthday and I also have all the gifts ready to give at the beginning of the year.
In elementary classes, I had the birthday student sit on a special chair and the class could ask them questions. The birthday student could be the “star student” for 5-10 minutes and share information with the class. At the beginning of the school year we discussed what type of questions were appropriate to ask the birthday student.
Some classrooms group birthday parties by the month so all the students with birthdays in that month celebrate together on a specific date. I remember when I was in K-2nd grade our teacher would plan an afternoon at the park in May to celebrate all the summer birthdays.