With back to school season upon us, I like to offer my summer preschoolers some extra fun name practice before they head off to kindergarten. I know that in kinder they will not only need to recognize their names, but they’ll have to find their names multiple times in the day, so it’s really important that all my preschoolers have good name identification skills, and even better, recognize their names in different contexts.
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Back to school name practice
Now, it’s also important for children entering kindergarten to be able to spell their names. For most, this may come in the form of worksheets, but since I don’t care much for worksheets, I offer my preschoolers name spelling practice with playdough names. Using alphabet cookie cutters, or alphabet playdough stamps, my preschoolers practice spelling their names in preparation for back to school.
Corinne helped me prepare this activity for my preschoolers, and we couldn’t help but try out the activity a day in advance of preschool class. She started by rolling out the playdough into a nice flat sheet. Rolling the playdough is also great prewriting practice. Then, Corinne used the cookie cutters to cut out the letters in her name.
This activity posed some interesting challenges for Corinne in that she had to figure out ow to cut out all the letters of her name when she has duplicate letters. Initially, she looked in the cookie cutter bin for another n cookie cutter, before she figured out she could use the same one twice.
She carefully aligned all her letters. while she already knows how to spell her name, as she moved the playdough letters about she missed some letters and had to go back and correct her spelling. Instead of intervening an pointing out her mistake, I let it go, and I’m glad I did. Corinne realized her mistake when she saw she had an i left over, which meant she hadn’t included it. so, she spelled her name again, moving the letters about, so that it was then correct.
And since Corinne loves to decorate anything and everything, she used her “sparkly, shiny ocean rocks,” also known as flat marbles or floral pebbles, to decorate her name.
I loved that Corinne added the marbles because as she placed them carefully on each letter she named the letter again, and in some cased counted how many marbles she could fit on each letter. The natural math component in this activity could be extended. Students can not only count the number of marbles on each letter in their name, but also the total, or they can compare the number on each letter with another.
While writing practice worksheets do have a small place in preschool, this is one of my favorite name spelling activities that really helps the kiddos get ready for back to school.
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