As most of my teacher friends know, I am IN LOVE with Vista Print. Seriously, it is a mild obsession of mine. :) On VP I made this Birthday Banner.
Once the kids have walked in, we finished our morning work and I am giving announcements, we sing a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" (with the obligatory, "cha cha chas" in there) and then I pass around this Birthday Postcard I, of course, made on Vista Print.
The students each take a second or two to sign it while the rest of us just go along with our daily lesson plan. It does not distract from the lesson I am teaching AT ALL. The students have been really good about only paying attention to the card when it is right in front of them.
When all students have signed the card, it comes to me to sign. I then hand the card to the birthday child, along with a "No Homework Pass" (I bet you can't guess where I made it??!!!??!!) and the birthday has officially be recognized and celebrated, with only 1 minute taken out of class time to sing the birthday song.
What do you do to recognize birthdays in your class?