Name writing and recognition is something we work on a lot. As not all of the children are developmentally ready to actually write their names in my class, we do all sorts of activities to help them recognise what their names and the letters ‘look’ like.
There are lots of ideas online for ways to work on name recognition, and I thought I’d gather together some of the ways we’ve done it over the years (you may have seen some of these pictures before in previous blog posts)…
The children find their name and place it in the ‘here’ basket when they arrive.
Name Stones & Shells
Question of the Day
We’ve also had a ‘question of the day’ as a way of self-registering – a question with a yes/no answer is displayed and they put their name in either the yes or no pot. This is a great way to introduce the idea of ‘voting’ too…
… in sand / salt / glitter / rice / shaving foam / on a drawing app etc. It is easier to control the tip of a finger than a pencil, so this is a great confidence-builder for practising the formation of letters…
(Letters written on with permanent markers or chalk markers)…
In Play Dough
I think the stamps were from Cosy or TTS (in the UK) a few years ago, although I’m not sure if they still do them…
Matching the letters – great for fine motor skills too!
These beads have capital letters on, so there was an extra dimension to this …
(Letters written on the back with a permanent marker – clear nail varnish over the top.)
Tracing Names & Letters
On Chalk Boards
– with loose parts…
Creating Letter Shapes
Play Dough / Clay
(Idea adapted from @MmeKathleen on Twitter)…
Writing the Name
As well as the usual pencils / crayons / felt tips / paint / chalk etc, it is also lovely to have a go at writing the name with water. Chalkboards are perfect for this…
We’ve enjoyed using the book ‘Chrysanthemum’ when talking about how many letters we have in our names. I don’t even know if this book is still in print as I bought it when I first started teaching, but it’s great for talking about names (and also starting school)…
We started back to school last week (Inset days) and the children begin this week, so you might not hear from me for a couple of weeks while we start to settle them in. Wish me luck – September is both challenging & tiring!
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– Rachel (“,)