What's in a Name?
A lot! In fact, names are one of the first ways that children are exposed to letters and sounds! Name practice activities can be an engaging and easy way to teach children letter recognition while at the same time helping them work on the important skills of recognizing and writing their own name. It’s important to teach children how to write their names correctly as the first step towards developing writing skills. Being able to recognize and write their name helps to build confidence and self-esteem as well as improve their fine motor skills. Whether for preschool or for kindergarten, name activities are an important part of the first weeks of school!
When I teach letters and sounds, I try to make it personal for my students. We start with names because learning the letters of their name and their friends' names is very motivating to students.
Starting on the first day of school, I use a personalized crown for each student:
There's nothing like play dough for engaging students AND strengthening fine motor muscles!
These name practice activities will help your students learn how to write their names in fun and engaging ways, while building fine motor muscles and self-confidence!