Preschoolers are very interested in anything that relates to themselves. They love to talk about themselves and see themselves in photos. They also love their names. For this reason, I have their names in many places in our classroom.
At circle and snack time, they must find their personal mats. At the beginning of the year, this can be a challenge for some. As the year progresses. friends will help other friends find their names. By the end of the year, they can identify their own names without help.
When it's time for small groups, the 3's look for their name card to see where they will be sitting.
Assigning them to their own hooks gives the preschoolers a sense of ownership. When they arrive in the morning, they find their names to hang their own hooks, placed at their level.
They place their snacks in their own personal cubbies in the hallway. At snacktime, they must once again find their names so they can retrieve their snack bags, and after snack, to put away.
We offer free-choice centers that involve writing and coloring, using stickers and scissors, or other fine-motor activities. We have more personal cubbies inside the classroom for them to put all their work, whenever it is completed. At first assistance is needed to locate these cubbies, but it doesn't take long for them to recognize their names.
Each day the 3's sign in by locating their name on a clipboard. They learn to first draw a line from left to right so show they have arrived. Later, they are encouraged to write their names, if they are ready.
Their birthday crowns are hung on the wall with their names below. As a child celebrates a birthday, the crown is removed. The preschoolers love to recognize the names, realizing who has had a birthday and who is still waiting.
The 3's have their own journals with their names on the covers.
Artwork is labeled with their names as well. I can't tell you how many times they stop at the bulletin boards and point out their names, and then notice where their friends' artwork is as well.
We do a lot of activities that include finding the letters in our names. At the sensory table, Sawyer found the letters in his name.
We do a lot with letter tiles. They be used in so many different activities. I try to keep at least one jar of letter tiles in the reading corner at all times.
What makes me smile most is when someone sees a letter and calls out, "Hey, that in MY name!" The beginning of letter recognition! And then, "That's MY name!" The beginning of word recognition.
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