As a kindergarten teacher, I knew when my students came to school they LOVED seeing their name all around the classroom. Their cubby, desk, pencil box, birthday chart, helper board, EVERYWHERE!!! It made our classroom their second home, which is exactly how I wanted it to feel.
Many young children are connected to their name and attached to it more than we may know. As teachers we can use this to our advantage in two ways.
#1 to help our students feel valued as a part of our classroom community
#2 to learn by using their most valuable resource…their name!
I wanted to find a way to incorporate students’ names throughout the classroom. From the first day my students come and see their name all over the room. They know from day one that this is their room! They are a part of this community which means that they will have to do their part to make sure it functions as a whole (we learn about this during the first week and, of course, throughout the year).
Activities using their names are in the lesson plans from the first day throughout the first six weeks. King/Queen of the day teaches letter identification, syllables, oral language. We graph the letters in our name for a math activity. We learn about our names by completing the All About Our Name Worksheet and SO MUCH MORE!!! Intentional learning that is meaningful because the students are automatically connected to it!
Now, time for a freebie…when I was in the classroom I had the hardest time finding name writing pages for my students that I could easily edit and print. I am so happy to have created some that I can share with you in my Name Activities for Preschoolers and Kindergartners and offer you one for free! Download KG Primary Dots, open in an updated version of Adobe Reader, edit and PRINT! You can grab the printable by clicking the download button at the bottom of this post!
One of my favorite aspects of this resources is that you can make it work for you and your learners. If you want you learners to write in all capitals…you can! If they are ready for traditional spelling of their name…you’ve got that, too! Long name or short name, they will fit!