Daily Alphabet Activities with Names

I am posting some of my first alphabet activities of the school year.  In my school, the kindergarten reviews the alphabet one letter a day (we started reviewing today).  Here are some of the things I do:

 Today we reviewed the letter Aa.   I asked each child, “Do you have any a’s in your name?”  If the answer was yes, I asked, “Uppercase or lowercase?”  This really helps the children distinguish between uppercase and lowercase.  I use a large tag board to write this down – writing the featured letter in red and the other letters in black.  We count how many uppercase A’s do we have?  How many lowercase a’s do we have?
Next, we become “Letter Detectives.”  We determine what kinds of lines are in the uppercase letters and the lowercase letters.  There are three basic straight lines used:  a sleeping line (horizonal), a standing line (vertical) and a leaning line (diagonal).  There is one basic curved line.  For example, in the uppercase A – there are two leaning lines and a sleeping line.  In the lowercase a – there are two curved lines and a standing line.
 Finally, we create an artsy alphabet!  (All the finished letters go into a small pizza box and will go home at parent conferences).   I found the wonderful Totally Tots blog with great ideas for this project.  For A, we made alligators!  We practice making the sound of A!
Working With Names:
I challenge the children daily to name as many children as they can.  We began by looking at our new friends.  Now we are looking at their names at the chart paper.  So far, one child could name 8 children! The first week of school I made a book of friends that I printed for each child to take home.  “Friend, friend, who do I see?”  I took a photo of each child and under their photo typed “I see ___ looking at me.” with the child’s name inserted.
My first two sight words are I and see.  I wrote  “I see ________.” on the white board and asked each child to stand in front of the blank space.  Then we read the sentence, saying the child’s name.  Again, I modeled pointing to each word and then the child (like they were a visual icon!).  So fun!  The children loved it!  By the fifth child, they read it without my help!
I try to incorporate the student’s names into as many activities as I can in these first weeks of school.

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  1. Chrissy says:

    Thank you for sharing! Excellent ideas 🙂


  2. What a great idea/game! Your so awesome!

  3. Hi Sally, I’m your newest follower! I’m a blogging Prek teacher! I can’t wait to read about all your projects!
    Susan @ homeroad.net

  4. I love your ideas.

  5. @Susan – I jumped over and took a peek at your blog – WOW! I love it! I can’t wait to look at your tutorials!

  6. Lorrie Rehberg says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. Can’t wait to start school again and use them.

    • Sally says:

      Yay! Inspiration is so important during our breaks!

  7. Ginny says:

    Great inspiration Sally! Love these ideas with the names!

  8. mora judy says:

    Amazing…such warmth and love. This year I plan to set up my room using an “our pre k” town theme. I am excited to make our town warm, safe and an amazing learning place full of self motivation and curiosity! Thanks for all your inspiration!

    • Sally says:

      Love your idea!

  9. Sumi says:

    Thanks. I loved these ideas

  10. Laurel says:

    Such super ideas!! I am a person who has a hard time coming up with ideas on my own, I need others inspirational ideas. So thank you!
    One thing we do here is to go all over the house to find things that have certain letters in them also.

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  11. Helen says:

    I like this use of a classic story. So simple and so powerful. I plan to make this book soon even though our school year is nearing the end.

  12. Brenta Clem says:

    What great ways to learn the alphabet and also recognizing each child. I have used “Handwriting Without Tears” which also implements letter formation with relationships to sounds.

    • Sally says:

      Yes, I have used “Handwriting without Tears” too. Love!

  13. Lynne says:

    I see…. Reminds me of the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear who do you see?
    Just thinking we could make our own book with the students’ photos and names.
    Thanks for the idea!

    • Sally says:

      Wouldn’t that be a treasure for the whole class? I love that idea!

  14. Mary Ann Colella says:

    Great game ideas, and great way to introduce upper and lower case!

  15. Rodica says:

    Very inspiring activities, especially for kinesthetic children!.. Thanks a lot!

    • Sally says:

      Thank you!

  16. Melodie says:

    I just love it!! Thank you for sharing your lovely inspirational ideas.

  17. Tanina says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  18. Chanie says:

    AmAzing ideas and strategies.
    I love doing sign in activities with the kids.
    They get so much vakue from signing in every morning with tjeir picture and name /
    Daily exposure to these letters

  19. Gabriela says:

    I can’t wait to try this next year! Cute idea. Fun to send hone so parents can put a name to a face too.

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