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Birthday Poems Instead of Presents

I don’t buy gifts.
I don’t bake cupcakes.
I don’t create Happy Birthday Certificates.

Instead I hand-make a birthday card for each of my students, decorate it with stickers, ribbons, etc. and then attach a birthday poem to it. I think that it makes a nicer gift than anything else I’ve handed out in the past. I always attach a published poet’s poem. However, I’m thinking that next year I’ll try writing my own birthday poems for my students, thanks to some inspiration from the Love to Know Website. Click on this link to get some great ideas for writing your own birthday poems for your students.

Some samples of the cards I made today (for the December and January birthdays):

Want to get started giving gifts of poetry on kids’ birthdays? Here are a few sites that have great birthday poems:
Birthday Joys
Here Be Limerick Poems
Nancy’s Teacher Resources
Poem Hunter

I think this quote from Richard L. Evans sums up this post better than I can: “Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.”

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