Teaching Young Children to Write and Spell Their Name & Names of Others

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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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Chrysanthemum and the Beginning of Kindergarten

For me, the beginnings of kindergarten is fast approaching. Those beginning days are so hard! (For a teacher it is like holding 25 corks under the water all at once, all day long). For a  kindergartner, it is a scary time. A time to adjust to new space, new adults, new friends, new rules, new structure, and for most,  the introduction to the social (and far from perfect) world in which we live. It is the first realization for many 5 years olds that they are not the center of the universe.

I love to use this boo,k Chrysanthemum during the first weeks of school. This book is not only a lovely story, it is a great tool to teach self-awareness, diversity, respect, and appreciation for self and others. 

The book can also be used when teaching names of oneself and others. This packet, "Names," offer many great activities and games that will enrich your classroom.