We spend a lot of time learning to recognize, spell and write our names in preschool. I am always looking for hands-on ways that the students can practice. They love things that they can practice in class and take home, like their Name Folders. When I saw the idea for Name Books on Fun-A-Day I knew they would be perfect for my students too!
The idea is that the students will have their own books to use as a resource. Each day they can read their books, identify the letters of their names, and start to make the letter-sound connection.
Here’s the thing about individual name practice for our preschoolers. It is so important. But also, it can take So.Much.Time. to make them for each and every student, especially if you have a large class.
In order to be practical, it has to be quick and easy to type in a class list, then print the pages. So we created these easy, editable name books!
The pages print out with a capital letter, a lower case letter and a matching picture on each page.
You could just cut the pages apart and staple them together. Or you could do what we did and make little books out of cardstock. Then we glued the pages on. They are more durable that way!
It only takes a couple of minutes each day for the children to read their books.
We ask them to identify the letter and the picture like this: “B. B is for bee. R. R is for rainbow.”
Watch how well our children do with these books after just a little bit of practice:
If you want to make Name Books for your own children, we’ve made this editable resource available for you:
A Note for my fellow bloggers…
This summer I attended a blogging conference and had the opportunity to play with the prototype for the ShotBox, a portable light box for better photos. I ordered one, and it just arrived this week. It is so cool!
When taking blog pictures, it is so important to have good light. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, right?! Many times, it is nighttime before I have the chance to take pictures. Or, if I am planning to do it during the day, it rains! The overhead lighting in my house casts awful shadows and weird color onto many of my photos. The ShotBox solves those problems.