This year, we are going to let you choose what day you would like to bring in things for your child’s birthday. You will not need to bring in the “healthy snack”, since the regular special helper will be doing that. You may just want to let your child’s teachers know what day you are thinking about bringing in birthday stuff, in case there is someone else who has the same birthday. (We have three students who were born on September 26!)
For your child’s birthday, you can bring in a special treat to share with class that we present to the students after the healthy options. This could be Rice Krispie Treats, Oreos, donuts, donut holes, mini-cupcakes, regular cupcakes, cupcakes in ice cream cones, sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, skittles, etc. Most people usually pick this option. Some families prefer to allow the parent to have control of when to give their child the special treat, and will make something to have their child pass out to their friends at the end of class. I have seen cookies on sticks, Peep S’mores, chocolate covered pretzels, trail mix, giant bakery cookies, etc. If you would like to steer clear from the treat/dessert item entirely, you may want to opt to have your child pass out treat bags, or coloring books. If at all possible, please DO NOT bring the cupcakes with the mounds of colored icing with the rings on them.
The following are also some things you can do, called “birthday bonus points”. If you choose, you can purchase a book to donate to the class. We usually read the book you donate to the class on that day. You also may make a special picture collage that we could post in the classroom for that week; similar to the summer fun projects. If you choose to do the collage, we have your child explain the pictures and events displayed during show and tell time.
At home, on your child’s birthday, you may want to check out “Happy Birthday to You” by Dr. Seuss. My husband Tom’s family used to read this on everyone’s birthday in his family growing up, and we have enjoyed reading it to Abe and Cal on their birthdays.
Please understand that we would like parents to refrain from passing birthday invitations out at preschool, unless the whole class is invited to the birthday party. This goes a long way to prevent any hurt feelings. Also, we tell our students that we do not talk about birthday parties at school unless the whole class was invited, or if it was a family only party.