- photo of each child
- sentence strip paper, index cards, lined paper, and chart paper
- writing materials including markers, pencils, chalk and chalk boards
- glue sticks
- alphabet manipulatives such as alphabet stamps, magnetic letters, alphabet sponges, alphabet blocks, alphabet stencils, and alphabet cookie cutters or dough stampers
- clear contact paper
- tempera paint
Objective: Children will develop literacy, fine-motor, and observational skills as they learn to read and write their own and their classmates' names using picture-word cues and a variety of alphabet manipulatives.
1 Make several photocopies of children's individual photographs to create picture name cards to use for the classroom planning board, job chart, attendance chart, and different centers. Invite children to help make one of their name cards by gluing their picture onto the card. Write the names beside their photographs, then use their name cards during morning meeting. Ask each child to identify the first letter in his name. Who can identify all of the letters in his name?
2 Place the name cards in alphabetical order in a pocket chart. Ask children if they can identify names that begin with the same letter of the alphabet. Does anyone have the same first or last name? Count the number of letters in each child's name and record the information on chart paper. Who has the most letters? The least? Do any names have the same number of letters? Make a language experience chart to record information.
3 Make another set of name cards for the manipulatives area. Place the name cards on the table and ask children to find their own. Provide alphabet magnets or individual letters and invite children to arrange the letters as they appear on their name card. Can they identify each letter and spell their name? Now encourage them to exchange cards to identify the letters in a friend's name.
4 Prepare a set of name cards for the writing area. Invite the children to write their names using different writing tools. They can also learn how to write their classmates' names and other vocabulary words that relate to classroom themes or experiences.
Additional ideas: In the block area, children can place their cards besides their finished constructions. Place small alphabet friezes covered with clear contact paper across tabletops in your art and writing areas so children can refer to the alphabet when writing and drawing.
Curriculum Connection: PHONEMIC AWARENESS
Rhyming Names. Write children's names down the left side of a sheet of chart paper. Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with her name such as Mary and berry or Billy and hilly. It can be a real word or a "silly" word. Write the rhyming word next to each name. Can children think of other words that rhyme with any of the names? Add them to the list.
"A" My Name Is Alice by Jane Bayer
"A" You're Adorable by Buddy Kay
I Spy Little Letters by Jean Marzollo