Monday, August 27, 2012

Names Are Special!

It's been 2 weeks since school has started again.  This year is going to be busy!  I have 3 classes, 2 classes have 10 kids (each) and 1class has 6 kids. That is a total of 26 kids that I monitor.  Woo-hoo!

For the past 2 weeks we've been doing games and activities that are pretty simple.  This is so I can see where each child's abilities are and then I can make lesson plans accordingly.  One focus is on names.  Most of the 4 year olds recognize their name and some can also write it.  The 3 year olds are learning to recognize their names.  Here are a few ideas to make names a part of learning:

1. Name Tags: I use name tags on the table when we have snack.  A "name placer" puts them around the table and each child must find where they sit.  It's in a new spot each day! :)

2. Name Games: Play some fun music, when the music stops children must find their name that has been placed (on the floor) in a new spot each time you play.

3.Practice tracing names: Using a highlighter, write out a child's name on a piece of paper.  The child can easily practice tracing on top of the letters.

3. Name Art: Child's name is painted on one side of a folded paper, then the paper is folded over to print it on the other side.  We made "name bugs" and also painted very colorful names!

6. Simple Name Game: Small cardstock squares (think old business cards) with each letter of child's name.  They can use it to practice the order of their name. (The plastic pocket holds the cards.)

These are just a few ways to help your child practice their names! :)


  1. These are great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thanks. I have used most of them. I will try the one with names written in highlighter. Most of mine can write their names, but I have three who have never held a pencil.


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