During a traditional school year, we use our best efforts to recognize the milestone of another birthday and celebrate with the kids. From an academic perspective, birthdays provide a meaningful source of personal data for us to compare and contrast. We have the opportunity to graph and discover ways in which some data will always stay the same (month you were born), whereas other data will change over time (how old you are). Creating visual representations of data that is relevant to young children, helps to establish foundational mathematical thinking.
We also recognize the importance of creating a sense of belonging, community, and honoring individuals through birthday acknowledgements. This year, we have had to rethink the ways that we celebrate as a community in both hybrid and remote learning settings. While we seek to redefine, we are also mindful of creating resources and experiences that will translate back into the classroom someday. With these ideas in mind, our Birthday Slides were born!
Birthday Slides Resource
Our Birthday Slides support us in facilitating a birthday celebration together, from afar. On the main slide, there are hyperlinked birthday gifts so the birthday kiddo can choose a gift to “open.” For our little ones, this is a great opportunity for them to use descriptive language when communicating which gift they want to open. “I would like to open the gift that is on top of the table that has a blue box, with yellow stripes, and a red bow.” Upon clicking on that present, we are taken to a slide that reveals the gift of two videos to choose from. Videos on the left side are for movement and dancing, while videos on the right side are for listening. The birthday kiddo makes their choice, and we enjoy it as a class together. To close the experience, we click on the birthday song image on the bottom right to advance to that slide to sing ‘happy birthday’ to that kiddo.
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