If you are looking for a quality product for early learners, you will love this Uppercase Letter Formation product! There are two versions included in the purchase, the one page version where everything is included on a single page, and a 2 page version that may be easier for little hands to manipulate. The letter is on a full page and the sticks and curves are on an additional half page.
Children who are in the early stages of literacy development are well served if they are familiarized with the letters that make up their own names. This will not only provide an important link between speech and print, it will help them attend to sequencing, orientation and details within the construction of a word. Repetitive practice will not only allow students to master proper handwriting conventions, but will establish a word-meaning connection.
I particularly love do name activities as part of the morning meeting as the classroom is being established at the beginning of the year. Using this Name chart game will also fulfill Common Core standards RF K1 and RF K.1.D. Demonstrating the understanding of print organization and features as well as recognition of alphabet letters.
To do the activity, you can prepare the cards or simply print the cards found in our name packet below.
Next, prepare a pocket chart with the selected student name on top and then one job and icon in each succeeding pocket.
Choose a different student daily or weekly. (You may want to tie this to your star student, helper, or caboose). To do the activity. Chose the student. Place the name card at the top, and another cut as a puzzle at the bottom. Complete the activities, one by one. As a name is completed, put the name and puzzle in a manilla envelope, labeled with the student’s name or picture and keep near the pocket chart for student independent practice. This is a very popular independent center!
To find the other 16 activities for teaching names, you might be interested in the complete packet.
Table of Contents:
Water Cap Names: Ordering letters in names and transferring knowledge.
Name Puzzles: Building familiarity with alphabet letters and their function when spelling one's own name.
Name Cheer: (A variation of Name Puzzles): Identifying and sequencing the letters in names.
Shave a Name: Using correct handwriting technique to write names.
Rainbow Names: Spelling and writing names.
The "Nameapillar": Ordering letters in names.
Trace A Name: Tracing names using correct letter formation.
Name Fishing: Reading the names of classmates, then sorting according to beginning capital letter.
Name Dictionary: Alphabetizing classmates' names.
Names: A Guided Reading Book
Name Fun: Ten Additional Name Conquering Ideas
Name Game: Studying names of classmates
Name Chart: Studying names in a Morning Meeting routine
Mosaic Names: Spelling and writing names
Name Necklace: Spelling name
Spell-a-Name: Spelling own name and names of others.
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Why teach handwriting in kindergarten? Research indicates that structured handwriting lessons lead to improved writing performance, increased letter identification, and academic success. MRI scans done before and after letter instruction even found that when children practiced printing by hand, their neural activity was greater than those who had simply looked at their letters.
- Encourage your students to pick up small items - legos, buttons, beans, counting chips, etc.
- Provide opportunities for your students to play outside - monkey bars are great for strengthening upper body as well as finger and hand muscles.
- Teach capital letters first, then lowercase letters. Students are more familiar with capital letters and they have an easier time forming them; furthermore, capital letters all start at the top and they are distinctly different from each other.
- Instead of following an A to Z order for handwriting, present easier letters (such as F) first.
- Provide tactile opportunities for students to form letters with playdough, wood pieces, wikki stix, pipe cleaners, etc.
- If possible use a developmentally appropriate handwriting program such as Handwriting Without Tears.
Handwriting instruction can be completed in a short time - just 10 to 15 minutes each day. With a developmentally appropriate approach, you can not only help your students improve in handwriting, but you can also enhance their learning and performance in language arts and math.
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I have found, however, that students love handwriting when the instruction is developmental and active. T. loves these worksheets. I don't think he even knows that it is handwriting. Each sheet allows the student to make the alphabet letter using sticks and curves.
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*UPDATE: As requested, all consonants are now included for flexibility in use of this great practice in handwriting and letter sounds!