One of the first skills I like to work on with my students is identifying and spelling their names. I have tons of ways that I do this and way too many for one post, so as I start this school year I plan on sharing the different ways that we practice in the classroom. I wanted to start off with a few that I have done over the past few years.
The first thing I do is make sure my student has their name posted all over on everything that is theirs. Coat hooks, desk, chair, etc. If they are just starting I will add their picture next to their name so that they can identify it with a picture of their lovely selves (I should have a picture of this to share later this week).
This activity I came up with last year. It incorporates putting the letters of your name in order with fine motor skills. To make it, I typed up each student's name and printed on cardstock. I then laminated it for some extra durability. I cut the letters apart and punched two holes in each card Students then had to string the letters onto their necklace. It is hard to see in this picture, but they also added a pony bead between the pictures.
Names in Shaving Cream:
Writing or playing in shaving cream is always fun (and messy!) To help contain the mess a bit, I use a teacher lunch tray. This keeps the mess contained. Also, if I can't clean the trays up right away, I can stack them and wash them later.
As part of our morning circle activity, my students will trace their names. I simply typed their names and printed on regular paper. I then put it in a page protector. The students trace their names with a dry erase marker and wipe it clean with a Mr. Clean eraser.
As you can see in this picture, my students have their name available to them on a small card so that they can refer to it if needed when writing their names. In this activity we made apples. The students wrote their name on the back of the plate. Then they water colored the front. Prior to the start of the activity, I wrote a letter (the first letter in their name) in white crayon on the center of the plate. When they painted over the letter, it came through the paint. They just thought this was magic!
I hope this gives you some ideas to get started. I have more coming over the next few weeks!