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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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The Name Book

Back to school learning begins with student names. After all,  what is more important to them than their own name? Be sure to stay with us until the end of this post for a free download to make this book!

We start this project with a little fine motor practice at the art table.  Students learn how to hold scissors and cut on a line.  We then take cutting a step further and students learn to snip the  strips of paper they just cut.

Glue sponges are next on the list of early lessons.  Glue sponges are a life saver in my pre-k classroom!  You can google glue sponges for your pick of how to videos and posts. Students then put one piece of paper at a time on the glue sponges, tap it lightly and add it to their letter that has been written on a quarter sheet of construction paper prior to the activity.

We, as in my para or I, then take the letter after it dries and cut around the letter leaving a small border of the colored construction paper.  We add the letter to the sentence frame and laminate the pages along with a cover and back page. I also added a picture name tag so my students have a little extra help reading the names at the beginning of the year! You can read more about picture name tags when you are done HERE.

If you have are still hanging here be sure to grab this FREE download so you can make your own Name Book HERE. I have added another cover option that has the title, The Name Book. I think next year that is what I will go with!

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Mrs. Wathen
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