My kiddos were having fun working through it today. They are fairly competent at writing their names now but it was good practice.
This booklet is great for preschoolers but it also is great practice for kindergarten students. In fact I have used this booklet during the first few weeks of Kindergarten. I would have the students come in find their booklet (working on name recognition) and then complete one practice page. It's a great start to the day and they quickly get into following this routine. Many students will come to Kindergarten unable to recognize their name nor print their name. Parents often ask me what can they do to prepare their preschool aged child for Kindergarten and I always recommend that they start by teaching them to recognize and print their name (as well as recognizing and printing the alphabet). It is such a useful building block to learn to read. Kids are typically motivated and interested in their name, which is why my kiddos write their name on EVERYTHING. By working with students names and then eventually their friends names, they soon realize that a string of letters put together can become a word. Then it is just a matter of learning to recognize those strings of letters as different words (sight words).
I have also used this booklet as an intervention activity. Sometimes Kindergarten students or even Grade 1 students need a bit more practice. These books work great as an intervention activity as it is easily pulled out and ready to go. Parent volunteers and Educational Assistants can also work with a small group of students using these practice pages. Teachers could even send home this booklet as a homework activity.
Do you need more name activities? Check out these links for more inspiration:
Happy Hooligans made this fun homemade name puzzle Click over to find out how.
Ready-Set-Read! has shared 14 ways to explore the letters in names.
Fun a Day also has 15 different name activities posted.
Hands On as we grow has posted 35 name activities.
Rainbows within Reach shared a round up of Name charts and Activities.