Now it’s the end of the year and most of our students are able to identify each letter of their first names. Hooray! When they return to preschool in the fall, we will continue working on their names by making the shift toward writing them. Although our little ones are always working on fine motor activities and have lots of access to paper and writing utensils at center time, we don’t work extensively with them to write their names until Pre-K.
I wanted to make them something to help with the transition and to reinforce what they’ve been working on while they are home over the summer. These preschool name folders are just right!
I used manila file folders and put a picture of each student on the front. (I color coded them, too, because I am quirky like that!)
On the inside, there are 4 different ways for the children to practice their names. The first is to spell it. I typed the name in all caps (using this free KG Red Hands font) and put little dots under each letter. This is good practice for one-to-one matching.
The second line is the name again, but I traced over it with glitter hot glue. The students trace each letter with their finger. It’s a great tactile experience.
Now, I am sure that some people are going to argue with the fact that I have it written in all caps. I hear you. After working with preschoolers for 10 years, I firmly believe that this is the best way. Most of my 3-year-olds do not recognize any lower case letters. So I could get them to trace them, but there’s no recognition. In addition, they are still developing their fine motor muscles. The upper case letters are generally much easier to form. So, we start with upper case, then in the spring of Pre-K, we convert them to lower case. I promise! With few exceptions, our Pre-K students leave writing their names conventionally. It works because we start with all upper case. You can read more about our decision to use capitals with our younger kids HERE.
Finally, the bottom section has a strip of dry erase tape where they can practice writing their names. I included a dry erase marker (in a matching color!) with a little pom pom glued to the end. It’s a built-in eraser.
This is the little baggie on the back that holds the letter pieces and the dry erase marker. I’m hoping that by having all the supplies neatly put together, the students will be able to practice easily.
The editable version of these Name Folders allows you the flexibility to type the names in upper or lower case. This is how I made them for our Pre-K students:
These Name Books are the perfect complement to our Name Folders. It just takes a minute to type in the class list and generate books for each child!
Also try these EDITABLE NAME PRACTICE PAGES for your students who are learning how to write their names. You just type in your class list and print customized, differentiated name worksheets for each child. So quick and simple!
You might also find these posts about ways that we practice our names to be helpful:
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