I just wanted to touch base about how the birthday celebrations went! I got to celebrate my birthday last week (setting the tone for the year), and we also had out first student birthday. The “Me Box” and Birthday Gallery were a fabulous success!
Here are a few photos to narrate how it went. First, I shared my items from my “Me Bag” with the class. Then I spread them out on a table. They were allowed to look, but not touch, throughout the day.
I then got my letter – K – and decorated! I created a box with special craft items, only to be used for the birthday gallery. Here is the collection of items I put together. I also have tempera paint in a variety of colors.
Here is my decorated letter: (I wanted it to look fancy, but also not overdone. I wanted the kids to see that they don’t need to use everything in the box.)
Later in the week, one of my students got to share his “Me Box:”
Then his items were on display. (My other students were very respectful about not touching the special items!)
He decorated his letter, and now our letters are rehung in the gallery.
I am very excited to watch the gallery blossom over time. I am considering removing the fuzzy puff balls before the next birthday, just to encourage a different type of letter design. I am concerned that the kids will think they have to use the puff balls since I did, and our first student did. We will see.
Anyway, I am very excited about how things went, and can’t wait to see our birthday gallery grow and change!