Teaching using student’s 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 names cards with their names in lowercase letters. I make an uppercase and a lower colored name mat and blackline mat for every kiddo during back to school.
Make name mats!
Edit, print, and laminate. Build the names with various manipulatives & materials.
- with gems
- with mini erasers (if you are like me you have a ton) I found this set at Party City.
- with play dough
- with buttons
- with any small manipulative you have
- cut into pieces to create name puzzles
Make name art!
Edit and print. Trace and make names with various writing and art materials.
- Name sticker collage with dot stickers
- Rainbow trace with markers or crayons
- Paint with Q Tips
- Name dot it with 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 activities, table time, in centers, for 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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