Kids’ names are incredibly meaningful to them, so I love using names to teach my pre-k students. One of the ways I do this is by making a Name Kit at the beginning of each school year. The children love helping me make it, and they use it often throughout the school year. Included in the Name Kit, among other things, is a simple name book.
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The name book is super easy to put together, and the children enjoy helping me make it. It teaches a variety of early literacy concepts, such as:
- Letter identification
- Letter sounds
- Left to right progression
- High frequency words (names)
making name books for preschool
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Grab some construction paper, then cut it in half horizontally. I usually use basic white paper, but I’m sure colored paper would be fine too.
Fold the strips of paper in half to make mini book pages. The strips of paper can be cut in half again, vertically, but I usually just fold them. Grab enough strips to create the right number of pages for the child’s name. Staple along the left-hand side.
On the front cover, write the child’s first name. On each subsequent page, write one letter from the child’s name. Be sure to write the letters in the same order as they’re found in the name. Each letter gets its own page! Be sure to write both the capital and lowercase version of each letter.
They have the child choose clipart to add to each page. I use D.J. Inker’s Alphabet Smiles download for this, as it matches my classroom word wall. Other clipart would work just as well, though! I tend to use the black and white version, but colorful clipart is also an option!
Once everything is put together, the name book goes into the child’s Name Kit – ready to read over and over. When I read it with the children, we say the name of the letter, the letter sound, and the picture. Obviously, some children need more help than others (and that changes as the year progresses). Would your students benefit from making name books?
printable name books
I am so excited to announce that there’s now a printable version of the name books HERE! Jamie of Play to Learn Preschool does a lot with name teaching, too, and she approached me with this awesome collaboration idea! Check out how she uses the editable, printable name books with her preschool kiddos.