I like the way you're making the activities hands-on and multi-sensory. Good job!
Here are a few suggestions:
1.) It's fun for kids to learn the meaning of their name. (i.e. "Norma" means "model or example".) I purchased a book with 5000 baby names and am able to find most kids' names in it. For names not in the book, I check with the family to find out why they chose a certain name for their child and if they know what the name means.
2.) Make name puzzles. Teacher writes each child's name in big, fat letters on square pieces of tagboard. Kids can color in the letters using lots of polka dots, squiggly lines, stripes, wavy lines, etc. After the name is decorated, the teacher cuts the tagboard into large puzzle pieces. Kids are then encouraged to put their names back together again. Kids can place their name puzzles in large envelopes and work on their puzzles at home too.
3.) Tie in math with the use of the students' names. Count how many letters are in each child's name. Sort and graph the names. Also, organize the children's names by the beginning letter of each name. Graph how many letters start with "A", "B", etc. I keep these graphs up in my classroom for the whole year so kids can reference them as needed.
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