It’s great when little ones come to school and know how to spell their name.
Our name is closely linked to our identity and how we see ourselves. Each one of us is unique and different. This can be pointed out to children using this activity.
Everyone has value, and children of all ages enjoy this activity.
You will need:
Alphabet stencil or letters to trace
Coloured card or paper
Optional extras like sequins, glitter, glitter glue, stickers, coloured papers
Trace letters of your first name onto white paper or card.
Decorate any way you wish.
Cut out and glue onto your coloured paper.
This activity can be linked with teaching of the alphabet and phonics, and can be used to assist children in identifying the letters in their name, and writing their own name.
For grief and loss, this activity is a good activity for building rapport and trust with children, and can lead into a discussion about interests, likes and dislikes, and how each child has a unique identity, purpose and value.
Children can share with their peers when they have had a success and achieved a goal. Sharing an experience where they have overcome can help and encourage other children.
Look at each letter in the child’s name and get them to brainstorm other words that begin with that sound.
Focus on beginning and end sounds so children can grasp the concept that a word is constructed with different sounds.
Links to the Australian Curriculum:
Learning Area: English http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/English/Curriculum/F-10
Literacy – Sound and letter knowledge
Recognise the letters of the alphabet and know there are lower and upper case letters (ACELA1440)
Learning Area: Health and Physical http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/health-and-physical-education
Personal, Social and Community Health
Describe their own strengths and achievements and those of others, and identify how these contribute to personal identities (ACCPS015)
Literacy/ Critical and Creative Thinking
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