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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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5 Ways to Practice Student Names

With back to school right around the corner,
preschool and kindergarten teachers are looking for
engaging ways for students to practice their names!

"Why?" you ask.
Students have a strong will to learn their name and 
it makes learning letters more personal to each student.

When my students come to Meet the Teacher the week before school starts, 
pictures of various objects are out on a board and each student is allowed
 to pick one "symbol" to be attached to their name. 

 This practice allows children
 to identify their name and space easily. 
 Students quickly learn each others' symbols 
and names as well and they LOVE this!

The Pre-K Name Tags set includes 40 stand alone symbols, 
Set A and Set B class lists for am and pm classes, 
EDITABLE name tags and EDITABLE cubby labels.  
Students quickly learn their name as it is always connected to their symbol!  

At the beginning of the year, my pre-kinders may have no idea
 what their name looks like or even that it has letters. 

 Our focus in August is to introduce the FIRST letter of their names!  
We start by introducing the first letter of their name with some fine motor fun.  
Later in September, we use it for a model for some dry erase board practice.

 Providing multiple opportunities for name writing is key!  
Provide a model for the student with his or her name and model rainbow writing 
(writing name several times with a different color each time), 
tracing the name with bingo dabbers or watercolor paints, 
or even model paper tearing to cover the child's full name similar to the letter J above.  

Bottle Cap Letters or other letter manipulatives let children manipulate 
the letters in his or her name to order them correctly.  

By using Bottle Cap Letters, you are able to customize each child's name, 
use different colors for each child so they don't mix up their letters 
and teachers can  send an extra set home for additional practice.  

Parents always ask what they can do and 
Bottle Cap Letters provide an activity that is easy to use.  
This is an inexpensive way to provide a home-school connection!

If you are interested in Bottle Cap Letters
you can download it from my TpT store for FREE!

Salt trays and shaving cream are a go to sensory activity for name practice. 
 It works best one on one at the beginning of the year and then small group.  
Both activities have a  dual purpose as they help with letter formation 
as well as letter/sound identification when working with a teacher.  

Children have different learning styles and this activity will help 
your tactile learners connect with letters.

Don't forget to grab your FREE copy of Bottle Cap Letters
if you have not already done so and for future products, 
be sure to follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store HERE.

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