Teaching using student names is one of the most POWERFUL ways to teach letters and sounds to Preschool, Pre-k, and Kindergarten kiddos.
I teach a multi age classroom with 3, 4, and 5 year olds. In the fall we focus on uppercase letters so we use name cards with their names in uppercase. Then in January, I transition my Pre-k friends to lowercase by using name cards with their names in lowercase letters. I make an uppercase and a lower colored name mat and a black line mat for every kiddo during back to school.
Make name mats!
Edit, print, and laminate mats, then have students build their names with various manipulatives & materials!
- mini erasers (if you are like me you have a ton) I found the set below at Party City
- play dough
- any small manipulatives you have on hand
- pieces of paper
Make name art!
Edit and print mats, then have students trace and make names with various writing and art materials!
- Use dot stickers to create a name sticker collage
- Rainbow trace name with markers or crayons
- Paint name with Q Tips
- Finger-paint over name
- Dot namewith dot markers or bingo markers
- Trace with dry erase markers, crayons, chalk, paint, pens, or any other writing tool
I make a few sets at a time so they are already prepped and ready to go when I need them.
The activities you can do with Name cards are endless. Name mat activities are great for arrival time, table time, in centers, small group, or around the classroom!
Do you need name cards too that include the student’s photo? I have those for you for FREE too! Click HERE to check them out!
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