BEFORE: This idea originally came to me from my mentor teacher while student teaching. One birthday bag for each month and then she used a pin to attach a birthday star in the eraser. So I did the same thing and kids love getting to have their pencil on their birthday. What I don't like is them trying to sharpen it...that filmy paper decorating the pencil is not friends with electric pencil sharpeners.AFTER--This year, I trying out crazy straws. They came in packs of six for a dollar. I used the same star and taped it to the straw. I made some "flipped" calendar months for each of the bags, added some tissue paper and the finished straw.
BEFORE--They used to hang between windows, on a metal electrical strip, but my students last year kept bumping them, and they would fall down.
AFTER--I put them on the top of the whiteboard. Now all I need is to know birthdays of my new group of chickadees
On the chickadee's birthday, we sing this song: