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name recogniton song  Circle Time Name Recognition Song
Teachers can use this circle time activity from Debragail S. to help children recognize their names, recognize the letters of the alphabet, to take attendance and to begin graphing.

Materials: Laminated poster board, velcro, a variety of colors of laminated name 

Description: Divide poster board into two sides straight down the middle. Left side label at top, "At Home", right side label at top, "At School".  Create a laminated name tag for each child and place velcro on the back. Place the same number of sticky back velcro pieces to each side of the chart as there are children in the class.  During circle time, I have a little ritual.  I'll sing to the tune of... 

 "If You're Happy and Know It". 
 If your name is _______ come and find your name
 If your name is _______ come and find your name
 If your name is _______ and it begins with the letter ____
 If your name is _______ come and find your name.
When I sing their name each child has a turn to come up to the poster board and remove their name from the "at home" side to the "at school" side of the board. 
When everyone has had a turn, we distinguish who is still at home and who is in class for the day.

Comments: You can make variety of shapes sizes for your name tags.

name recognition art  Circle Time Mats
Combine creativity and fine motor skills during this name recognition activity by Amy.

Materials: Large construction paper, stickers, dotters, permanent marker, and a

Description: We make place mats for circle time on the second day of school.  The 
child's name is already written on the construction paper.  I set up a table with stickers, markers, dotters and the children decorate all but where their name is, some decorate that, too!  We laminate immediately and use all year for circle time. 

In the beginning of the school year, they are great for name recognition.  In the 
end of the school year, they are great for class management!  The children's mats are laid out each day and they find their names and sit!

Comments: This is easy and fun!  Great for those first few days in September.

Circle Time Name Plates
Children can identify their own name and their classmates name's  during this emerging literacy activity from Brenda H.

Materials: Sample floor tiles and a permanent marker.

Description: I go to the floor care store and ask if they have any floor tile 
samples, in my area the store down the street does floor covering. They donate 
floor sample tiles of all different colors which are attached by a chain. I then 
bring them back to my center and write each child's name and name symbol on them. 

At morning circle the helper hands out the name plates to the children, and children are encouraged to recognize their name in print and their symbol. The children sit on these and at the end of the morning circle they hand them back to the teacher before going to wash their hands.

This is a great way for children to stay in their own space during circle time, and  to help them recognize their name and their friends name in print.

Comments: I have found that each child learns his or her name and their classmates names. When the children see their names or their friends names on papers etc. they can put the papers into their own cubby or into their friends cubbies.  It works very well.

Name Tags
Young children use emerging literacy skills as they recognize their symbol and then progress to recognizing their name during this preschool activity by Susan C.

Materials: Small rubber stamps (a different shape or picture for each child), ink 
pad, name tags - we use different ones each month which the children decorate.

Description: At the beginning of the year I assign a different symbol to each 
child in my preschool class.  I used to use stickers but I have found that small 
rubber stamps work better.  Everywhere the children see their names I also stamp their symbol such as:  on their cubbies, their name tags that they wear the first few days, their daily board name tags etc.  I put the symbol first, then their name. 
As the year progresses they go from "reading" their symbol to "reading" other 
classmates' symbols to recognizing their names and so forth.  Usually by January 
I can remove the symbol or put it on the back of that month's name tag so the 
children can self check when looking for their names.

Name Recognition
During these emerging literacy activities Patty K. helps children recognize their first names.

Materials: Tag board, felt markers and teacher made place cards in the shape of bears.

1.  Each hook for hanging personal belongings has a number and name, so from the first day the children see their names.

2.  Every morning I change the order of the bear name place cards that I have made.  When the children arrive they search for their name and place along with their mom or dad and that is their place for the day.  This way everyone gets a chance to meet the whole room.

3.  During circle time I hold up cards with the names and see who can recognize 
their own name. If the children don't respond, I sing:

"If your name is  (Joey), raise your hand"
We clap for each and every child.  It only takes about two weeks before every child recognizes their own name.  Amazing!

Name Recognition with Clothes Pins
Ruth C. uses clothes pins and this simple matching activity to help young children recognize the letters of the alphabet in their names.

Materials: Tag board desk name plates, markers and clothes pins.

Description: I write the children's names on desk name plates, laminate them and 
then attach one clothes pin for each letter of their name.  I  then write one letter of their names on each clothes pin and attach it below the written letter. They can then take them off and put them on again until they learn to spell and recognize their names

Name Wall
Along with supporting name recognition teachers can use this Name Wall by Cindi  to introduce the letters of the alphabet, to introduce beginning letter sounds, to introduce graphing and to develop a sense of community.

Materials: Purchased or teacher made a-b-c line,  3x5 index cards with each child's name neatly printed (in the style they will be exposed to).

Description: Hang your a-b-c line at the children's eye level. Post their names above the corresponding beginning letter. Encourage them to point and name the letters of the alphabet, to compare who else's name begins with their letter. The conversations can be endless!

Comments: You may want to see which print style the kindergarten class is using. 
So you can start exposing them to the print they will eventually write.

Name Puzzles
Kathleen Y. suggests using these puzzles in your ABC center, Learning Games area or with a pocket chart.

Materials: Sentence Strips, pens in a variety of colors, scissors and zip lock bags.

Description: To support children as they identify names of students in the classroom teachers write each student's name on a sentence strip card.  Make sure that each name is bold.  Often times when I use lighter colors, the names will  not stand up to an entire year's use.  Darker colors work better.

After you have all of the names on your cards, cut them in zig zag shapes.  After cutting all of them, place them in a Ziploc bag, and have the children sit  on the carpet and match up the puzzle pieces to make their names.  They will be excited to see their names, as well as their friend's names!

Picture Name Puzzles
Preschool youngsters match their own pictures with their names during this activity by Linda B. that promotes self esteem and name recognition.

Materials: Pictures of a children and heavy paper.

Description: Take a 10" heavy strip of paper and glue a child's picture on the left side. Write the child's name on the right side. You may want to laminate to protect!
Cut each one apart differently (> < \ /) and mix them all up. The children need to put their picture and name together.

Comments: I work in a classroom with "Special Needs" as well as "Typical" children.  They all love putting these puzzles together.

Name Concentration Game
Sue M. offers this game saying, "This activity is used to introduce the child to his or her name in print and to develop memory skills".

Materials: Child's name printed on tag board and laminated.

Description:  During circle time, place each child's name face up on the floor in the middle of the circle  Review the name of each child and the placement of the cards, then turn them face down.  Call on each child to recall the placement of his or her card and have him or her turn the card face up when he or she has correctly identified it.

Comments: Children quickly learn to recognize their own names when used in this 
game-like setting.

name recognition ideas  5 Name Recognition Ideas
Jaki W. suggests these five ideas that promote emerging literacy.

Materials: A picture of each child, clear contact paper, laminating, yellow highlighter, markers, crayons, name tags, colorful paper, etc.,

1.  Teachers write each child's name below his or her picture. Copy or scan each child's picture then laminate and place on child's cubby, on the helpers chart, art board and any place where child's belongings are located.

2. Trace child's name with a yellow highlighter and let the child trace over it with a dark colored marker or crayon.

3. To help children recognize their names, make a plain name tag and let children
color them. The teacher then writes the child's name on the name tag.

4. Play a name game by writing each child's name on colorful paper cutouts and letting the child find his or her name.

5. If you are on a transportation theme, make paper airplanes, cars and boats with 
the child's name on them. Spread them out on the playground and encourage children to find their name. This is a good idea to use for reinforcement during an Easter Egg Hunt!

name recognition art  Textured Name Writing
Youngsters use fine motor skills and have fun during this creative activity by Jamie

Materials: White school glue, construction paper, corn kernels and colored markers

Description: Fold a rectangle sheet of paper in half the long way.  On one side 
of the paper write a child's name.  Have children trace their names with white 
glue (elmer's glue works great) and have them place corn kernels on the glue. 
You could use any kind of product. Sand works great too!

Comments: My children in class loved this activity.  I gave them a selection of 
corn, sand, glitter and paper dots to use. 

Sensory: Tactile Name Card
Teachers can make these sensory name cards from Misty B. or children can make their own.

Materials: Name cards, tacky glue, sand (if possible colored), a recycled plastic spice jar from home to put the sand in helps control the sand when shaking.

Description: Write the child's name on the card with a pencil, then use tacky 
glue and trace over the letters one at a time, then shake sand onto the letter. Repeat until you have completed the child's name and let dry before using.

Comments: While in a group have children trace over their name using their finger. 
This is a great activity for name and letter recognition

Parent Involvement: "Name Story"
Involve parents, help preschoolers learn about their names and promote self identity with this activity by Maggie.

Materials: Book On The Day You Were Born

Description: Ask the parents of the children in your classroom if their child is named after someone in their family or if they have a special story about how they got their name. Before doing this activity I read the book On the Day You Were Born and stress how special each of them are and then talk about their
names.  It is a lot of fun and I shared about my own children and how they got their names.

Home Activity: Name Recognition Book
Teachers can offer this suggestion from Darlene S. to parents for a home activity to reinforce name recognition and to promote emerging literacy.

Materials: Paper, glue, scissors and photographs of child's belongings.

Description: Take photographs of your child's belongings, i.e. bed, shoes, coat, 
pet, bedroom etc.  Put one picture on a page and write on it "Natalie's Bedroom" 
then on the next page, "Natalie's shoes"  etc.  With each page the child will see 
their name and a vocabulary word.

Graphing: "Sizing Up The Class"
Dana E. uses this activity to foster self esteem, to introduce measurement and to introduce differences and similarities.

Materials: Roll of tickets, tape and a camera with film.

Description: Take a picture of each child in the room.  Make several copies.  If 
you have a digital camera this is great.  If not the photo copies will work well too!

Have the children line up outside of the classroom in no particular order.  Place 
the child's picture and printed name above their head and tape it to the wall. 

Unroll the tickets to the child's height.  Take a measuring stick and write under the child's picture how tall they are.  Continue until everyone has had a turn.  Discuss the differences in sizes.  How each one is unique. 

Make a graph using words and symbols. For example: Darlene is taller than Sarah,  Sarah is shorter than Darlene.  Use the pictures of the children to make this chart easier for name recognition.  Who is the tallest in the class?  Who is the shortest in the class? Who are close to the same height? These are words the children will love to hear.  They will be proud to be the smallest if the teacher does it right!

Comments: Great for seeing how much the children have grown at the end of the year!  If you get tired of the display, save the tickets and at the end of the year 
hang them up side by side to show the children how much they have grown.  You will 
be amazed yourself!

The Name Game
Linda M. helps children recognize their names in print with this teacher made game.

Materials: Paper and pencil or Computer.

Description: On a computer make a graph with a total of 9 boxes that fill the 
screen.  Next, in each box write either a child's name, Mom or Dad.  Each name 
will be listed twice.  This becomes the game card.  You may make several cards 
with names in a different order.  Next make additional sheets that can be cut 
apart as the cards for the game. 

Mom Dad child's name
child's  name
child's name
child's name
child's  name

To play the game the cards are placed in the center.  Each team member takes 
turns drawing a card and placing them on their game sheet.  The first child to fill up their card wins.  As you play have the child tell you who's name he or she has drawn.  Before you know it the child will easily recognize his or her name in print. 

Options: You can make each name a different color to reinforce color recognition as well. As the child masters their name and Mom and Dad try including siblings.

musical name recognition   Musical Name Recognition
Have fun with this music and movement activity by Diane K. that promotes recognition of children's own names as well as those of their classmates.

Materials: Children's names printed on cards or name cards taped on vinyl floor 

Description: We put the names down on the floor in a circle. Children march, tiptoe etc. around the circle to music.  When music stops we read the names that we have stopped in front of or are standing on top of. For very young children, 2-3 years old, have them march, slither etc. around the room to the music while putting down their names around the room.  When the music stops they go and stand on their own name.  Lots of fun and they are really motivated!

Tracing Name Recognition
Children will be able to trace their names with this easy activity from Angelica A.

Materials: Sentence strips and laminator or you can use index cards instead of sentence strips.

Description: First, trace the child's first and last name on sentence strips with a black marker.  Next, laminate the sentence strips.  Finally, have the child place a white sheet on top of the sentence strip and trace his or her name.

Transition Activity: "Preschool Stars"
Promote children's self esteem while teaching children to recognize their names during this transition activity by Mitzi G.

Materials: Construction paper, marker and clear contact paper.

Description: Write each child's name on a large shape.  I used stars.  We use 
contact paper to stick the stars to the floor.  When it is time to transition from 
group time to go to lunch or outside play, I tell each child to stand on their star.  We also have two extra stars at the front for door person and leader. It also has taught them to stand in a line.  And by using a star it helps build their self-esteem.   We tell all of the children that they are stars!

Name, Shapes, and Colors!
Mitzi G. contributes this multi purpose teacher made card that can be used to encourage learning about shapes, colors, counting as well as name recognition.

Materials: Neon colored poster board,  construction paper and markers.

Description: We cut large shapes out of poster board.  The kind that comes in a 
package with six (11x14).  We write each child's name on one of them, then on the back glue different colored circles.  There are different activities to do with 

At group time I hold up their card and ask  "Whose name is this?"  Then once all the cards are handed out I ask "Those who have red dots hold your card up."  You can have the kids count how many red dots, blue dots, green dots etc.  You can also 
ask children to hold up rectangles, square, circles etc. And count them. You can have the children stand, jump, hop, etc. 

Comments: A fun activity that can be stretched out for rainy days.

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