Updated: Apr 1
Teaching names is one of my favorite parts of teaching Pre-K!
There is nothing more gratifying than seeing the immense amount of progress kids make in writing their names from the beginning to the end of the school year.
So what's the best way to teach them? Where do we begin?
Start with just their first letter. Make that letter big and bold. Have them build it, dot it, stickerize it, whatever fun activity comes to mind!
One of my favorites? Monsterizing our first letters! Yes, we transform our letters into monsters and it's a blast. Their creativity inevitably leads to monster awesomeness! Don't forget the googly eyes for this one.
Focus on the motion.
I do not care what the letter looks like. Let me say that again, I do not care what the letter looks like! I care about the motion they are using, the FORMATION of the letter. I care about the way in which they form it. Where are they starting? Are they forming their letter from the top down? As they progress and fine-tune the motion, their letters will naturally look neater and they will become more proficient at writing them.
Make it fun and switch it up.
Nobody likes to do the same thing over and over and over again. Switch it up! Use golf tees and a play hammer to pound out names. Use paint and cotton swabs. Write it. Paint it. Squirt it. Keep it fun!
Below is a list of some fun name activities you can do to keep things fresh and inspiring.
fun ideas to keep it fresh
Use golf tees and a play hammer to dot names. Just put a piece of foam or cardboard behind the paper.
Squish alphabet stamps into playdough to form their name.
Use magnetic letters and boards. Mix up their letters and have them put them in the correct order.
Chalk their name on pavement outside. Throw water balloons at specific letters in their name. Squirt guns or spray bottles would also work great for this idea.
Dip cotton swabs in paint to dot paint names.
Grab some old wrapping paper and have the kids snip at it with scissors. Use the snippets to decorate their first letter or whole name.
want it the easy peasy way?
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what's your favorite name activity?
So how about you? What are your favorite name activities? I'd love some new ideas. Comment below and tell me those brilliant thoughts!