Our Birthday Slides support us in facilitating a birthday celebration. On the main slide, there are hyperlinked birthday gifts that can be chosen to “open.” For Littles, this is a great opportunity for them to use descriptive language when communicating which gift to open. “I would like to open the gift that is on top of the table. It 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 birthday song image on the bottom right to advance to that slide to sing happy birthday.
Meaningful Data Opportunity
From an academic perspective, birthdays provide a meaningful source of personal data for us to compare and contrast. We can graph and discover ways in which some data will always stay the same (month you were born). 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.