I love using the children's names for basic literacy skills.  I also love making books for the children to take home.  I do this a lot with class books – make a copy for the families.   Last week we made a “All About My Name Book.”
Here's how I did it:

  • Monday – Each child counted how many letters were in their name.
  • Tuesday – Each child clapped how many syllables were in their name.
  • Wednesday – Each child counted how many vowels were in their name.

I typed up the sheet we used before hand (click here for a copy).  Then each child came to the front of the group and did that day's name task.  I like sending the book home as it gives a great tool for families to practice these essential skills.  A student can go through the book and count how many letters in all their friend's names and so forth.