Learning our names isn’t the first task of our literacy center – the first task is just to play with the materials – but by about the third week or so we begin using those materials to write our names. Here are some of the ways that work great for us:
2. Tile Names – I write the children’s names in a row of squares next to their pictures, above a row of matching but blank squares. They place tiles to match the letters in correct order in the blank squares.
4.Poke a Name – I write the children’s names on large pieces of paper for the kids to poke with an oversized push pin.
6. Stamp Names – I write the children’s names in a row of squares above matching but blank squares (as in the name tiles activity above). The children use stamps to match the letters of their names.
8. Paint Stick and Clothespin Names – This begins with writing each child’s name on a paint stick, and then writing each letter of each child’s name on a clothespin. The children then have to clip the lettered clothespins to their paint sticks to spell their names out.
10. Popsicle Stick Names – I place a letter on each stick for the children to spell their names with.