Hi everyone! I am so excited to be here on The Organized Classroom to share ideas with you. I have been teaching for 15 years and I currently have a grade 3/4 class. I think teaching a split grade has its own unique challenges and one of mine is finding a balance between ensuring that the grade 3 students have some cute and fun primary experiences while providing the grade 4 students with activities and experiences that make them feel like junior students. Finding this balance around holidays and birthdays – even trickier! This year I decided to do two things to celebrate birthdays in my class – a little primary and a little junior – something for everyone. First – the birthday chair. I have a comfy grey chair that the students love to sit on. I put on a cute owl slip cover on the chair and it is now our birthday chair. The cover was made for my chair – but for many chairs on ordinary pillow case would do. I chose this material since it matched my class decor but if you took a plain pillow case you could use iron on transfers to put a birthday message or picture on the case. On each student’s birthday they get to sit on the birthday chair! It may be a little thing but trust me, they are very excited.
Next I made each student a birthday tag and attached it to a crazy straw – as a little gift for their birthday. I used this pot that I found in the clearance department of Michael’s, crazy straws from the dollar store, glass beads from the dollar store and the tags I made.