To help students learn to write their names and also to see who is at school today, I get my students to practise every morning when they come into the classroom. I printed each student's name out in dotted font and then laminated them. Students come in and find their name on the board, and then trace over it with a whiteboard marker. They then they put it onto the correct side of the chart. When we begin our mat session we use the chart in a variety of different ways.
- Count the boys and the girls and then how many kids in the class altogether. Write a number story to match.
- Read through the names together to help students recognise their friend's names.
- Discuss names on the chart and how many letters are in them. Who has the longest name?
- Use the names to reinforce inital sounds and what sound/letter is at the start of names.
- Use the names to practise clapping syllables.
- Pull a name off each day and look at the name. Discuss features of it. Then 'interview' the child to find out more about them.