I like to begin the year celebrating each student's name. We know they all love the sound, the look, and the feeling it gives them. It is important to me that each student knows each other's name and calls them by that. We play assorted name games, and we love "Who Stole a Cookie."
Here is a great activity to do that first week of school. What is the first gift we each got? Can you believe we all got the same thing? Our names, of course! It is the first gift we received from our parents.
Use the paper below and bubble print each child's first name. I write those long names on the diagonal. Each student then decorates, colors... their name. It is one of the first things I hang in the room. Once they are all completed, before I actually hang them each student can say something about the coloring, their name, what they like about it...
Click here to download the document. I suggest copying it on card stock for durability.
Here's to a great school year!