Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Reading Begins with the Child's Name!

Reading Begins with the Child's Name: RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

"NAME" RoundUP! Names, nAmEs and more NAMES! 
I saw these delightful photos on a bulletin board recently on one of my school visits as Author-Illustrator. Each child was photographed holding a magnet board with their name spelled out in magnetized letters. Then these personalized photos became the 'spot' to denote the student's work on display in the hallway. 

Magnet Letters to Personalize the Bulletin Board with Names at RainbowWithinReach

Seeing these clever name 'spots' made me think of the quote, "The bridge to reading is through the child's name." {Sure wish I knew who said it!} How exciting it is to be able to recognize and manipulate all of the letters in your name! R-E-A-D-I-N-G! It seemed like a good topic for a RoundUP! So I've been culling through to find lots of fun with NAMES! 

Magnetic Letters Spell Child's Name in Photograph

Let's take a look at some more photo-faces. These firefighters have their names written on their helmets. 

Fire Safety Observation in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

While I've taken a detour onto life size photo-faces, allow me one tangent, to insert these cuties. 

Scarecrows Created from Child's Photograph via RainbowsWithinReach

Now let's take a look at all the fun that can be had with names. 

Fine Motor Work with Letter Recognition for Preschool (via RainbowWithinReach)

Fine Motor Work with Letter Recognition for Preschool (via RainbowWithinReach)

Fine Motor Work with Letter Recognition for Preschool (via RainbowWithinReach)

Signatures as Part of Children's Art Response

More personalization! 

Children's Drawings Personalized with Magnetic Letters to Spell Names

Children's Drawings Personalized with Magnetic Letters to Spell Names


 Preschool Names Coordinating with Symbols


 preschool name recognition, early literacy with magnets, NAEYC best practice, Reggio reading games


 Fine Motor Project for Name Recognition Bingo Dotters over Letters

Names spelled out with Dot-Paint

Kindergarten First Name Mosaics with Construction Paper via RainbowsWithinReach

Student Names as Artwork in a Construction Paper Mosaic

Names as Mosaics in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

First Name Project for Fine Motor using Stickers

Snowmen created with a snowball for each letter in student's name


Names as Acrostic Poems

Kindergarten Names in Acrostic


Word Wall in Kindergarten Featuring Children's Names with Photo (from RainbowsWithinReach Round Up)

Kindergarten Word Wall with Student Names via RainbowsWithinReach

Word Wall in Preschool with Student Names

Word Work: Sight Words on Bulletin Board with Student Names + Photos on Word Wall

Student Names on Word Wall in Kindergarten

Alphabetizing Student Names with Photos

Word Wall with Student Names

Name with Photos in Pocket Charts


Anchor Chart with Name Signatures in Kindergarten

Anchor Chart with Student Name Signatures

Anchor Chart incorporating Student Names

Class Journal Anchor Chart with Student Names


Names in Glitter in Preschool

NAMES-as-SIGNATURES in Self Portraits

Name Signatures as Part of Self-Portraits


 Keepsake for leaving Preschool and heading to kindergarten


Vowels and Consonants in Names'


Guessing Game: Self Portraits and Signatures

Letter that starts child's name as craft project

Signatures and Self Portraits on Bulletin Board for Self Esteem


Job Chart and Names

NAMES written to create a 'class book.' 

Kindergarten Class book created by filling in name and drawing picture

NAMES-as-part-of-the-CLASS QUILT

Name as Design Element within Quilt

Classroom Quilt incorporating Student Name and Writing

HERE are seven ways to use names to 'sign in.'

 6 Different Fine Motor "Sign-in" Systems used in Preschool and Kindergarten, fine motor development

photo of: Clipboard Sign in System for Morning check-in, Preschool

photo of: Preschool fine motor development, Sign-in system

photo of: Fine Motor First Name Work

photo of: Writing Center for Fine Motor Development

photo of: Fine Motor Development System for Children with Special Needs

photo of: Kindergarten writing center using student names, Kindergarten fine motor

photo of: Kindergarten Fine Motor Development, Handwriting in Kindergarten

photo of: Kindergarten writing center, fine motor in kindergarten, writing in kindergarten

***Borrowed from my 'Organizational RoundUP' here are some NAMES-as-LABELS.

photo of: Individual Student Bins for Classroom Organization

photo of: Individual Student Bins for Classroom Organization

photo of: Classroom Bins for Individual Students (Organization in the Classroom)

photo of: Individual Student Bins for Classroom Organization


photo of: Back to School Bulletin Board Using Student Names as Cross Word Puzzle


Using the Student's Name for Art Project

 Student First Names Become Art Project with Rainbow Design (from RoundUP of 'name' projects via RainbowsWithinReach)

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