Name writing!

Are your little guys struggling with name writing as much as my kiddos are?!

I've got kids ALL over the spectrum - many who cannot grip a pencil correctly, write their name, or recognize any letters. Then I have a kid who (I have not formally assessed yet) can read at least a first grade if not higher level!

Lots of work to do this year, friends - lots of work!!

I am anxious to get everyone assessed so I can see exactly where we are sitting!

In the mean time, we'll be working on writing our names A LOT! I love word play, and I am so lucky to have a Smart Board in my room this year! (we did not get them until the last few weeks of school last year, so I didn't have a lot of time to use it) Starting out every morning for word work we are going to sort names by letters into a t-chart on the smart board. (For example: Do you have a "B" in your name? And then yes/no on the t- chart) EASY to change daily without a lot of work on my part, and it will really make my kids think about ALL of the letters in their name and not just the beginning letter. I have multiple kids with the same beginning letter and they're always moving the wrong name when it comes to lunch choice, etc.

I created this little cut and paste activity for us to do in stations this week:
Sorting letters in your names and letters not in your name! It couldn't be any easier than that! :)) I did create 2 different sizes of letters - you can choose which set to use. I wasn't sure if the bigger set would all fit on the page. Just cut in half so each kid gets one whole set of the alphabet.
{click on the pictures to grab it!:}
 Clipart by D.J. Inkers and Mellonheadz . Font used with license from

Hopefully you can use it in your class, too! Let me know if you snag it! :)



  1. Snagged and adored! Thanks so much, Nicole!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. Thanks! Great beginning of year activity!

  3. Thanks Nicole! This will be great for my new kinders!
    ~ Amy

  4. So cute, going to use it this weeks. Thanks for the treat!

  5. Great activity. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. My class so needs the practice! I have several who do not even recognize their name and many who cannot write their name unless you highlight write it for them to trace. Snagged your center, and I can't wait to use it! Thank you so much!

  7. What great ideas for name recognition and exploration! I love the SMARTBoard idea! THanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for sharing! I have something similar but yours is WAAAY cuter! :)

  9. Nicole,
    This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us! I love it!

  10. This is such a great idea! My students always get super excited anytime I can make the activity about them. By the way, I recently found a cute game to see if students know their ABCs. We played it the other day and the kids had a blast. It's called Alphabet Whack-a-Mole at I haven't tried any other games on that sight, but I've bookmarked it for later. Just thought I'd share!

    First Grade Fascination

  11. Thanks! I can't wait to use this with my kinders. :)
    Daisy Days for Learning

  12. Thanks a bunch! This will be a great activity to go with all of my name work for my kindercubs! The cutting will also be a good challenge. Thanks!

  13. As an OT, I am always looking for fine motor tasks. This will be great for the kiddos to find the letters, cut them out and glue them! Thanks

  14. Bless you sweetie! We are working on names HARD this week and will definitely put this to use this week!!

  15. My class totally needs this...thanks so much!!

  16. I'm not a kindergarten teacher but this looks like a great activity! I'm going to share it with a few of my kindergarten teacher friends!

    A Pirates Life for Us

  17. We are having the same trouble in my class... glad to know that's it just not me. :) Thank you for sharing!!

    Heather (

  18. Hi!

    This looks great. I usually have the kids use a paper like you made... letters in my name /not in my name. However, they put the paper on a clipboard and walk around the room getting "signatures" and their classmates writes their name under the right place... and the owner of the clipboard circles the letters they have in common if there are any. Nicole and Sara... sadly have no letters in common. But Heather and I do... I would circle the "a" and the "r" in her name. Hope that makes sense.

    Love the smartboard idea!

    Thanks! Sara


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