Our names are important to us. For many Children, the letters in their names will be the very first ones they learn how to write,
In this post, you will find tips to help children recognize, spell, and eventually write their names.You'll want to give the children in your care many opportunities to see and practice spelling their name. There are so many fun ways to practice this skill!
I've scoured the Web to find some ideas you can use to teach Name Recognition in your Childcare program. Please be sure to click on the photos or links to be re-directed to the original source for complete directions.
Create a "Who's Here Today" routine
Welcome the children into your care every day. Create a sign in routine that allows children to find a name card (or write their name for older children). For younger Children you can include a photo along with their name. Eventually children will be able to recognize and locate their friend's names, in addition to their own. Take a closer look at my year long pack of editable sign in activities.
It's important for Children to see their name in print. Place the children's names EVERYWHERE Label cubbies, art work, create personalized craft projects, and label personal items such as cups and coats, Print your free copy of this editable turkey name activity.
Talk about letters
Be sure to spend time each day talking about the letters in each childs name. For example: "This is a C.. Connor's name starts with a C", "This is a Y.. Becky's name has a Y in it". When you write a Child's name you can also say the letters aloud as you write them.
More name recognition activities:
Name Activities with Colorful Pumpkins Seeds by Fun-a-Day
Name Snowmen by Fun-a-Day
Name Recognition Snack by Munchkins and Moms
Gem Letters by No Time for Flashcards
Name Rubbings by Pre-K Pages
Triple the Name Tracing by Hands on as we Grow
Name recognition with Magnets from Mrs. Bremer's Class
Spell your Name with Stones from the Puzzles Connection
Scoop your Name from an Idea on Tuesday
Play Dough Name Practice Mama Papa Bubba
Snack Stones (to reserve their space) from The Brilliant Child
Name Matching Cards from Early Learning Ideas
Clothespin Names from the Teaching Zoo
Find the Letter and Swat It! from Hands on as we Grow
Name Splash from Preschool Inspirations
What is your favorite way to practice Name Recognition? Let me know in the comments!
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