I saw huge progress this year. The books made everything feel more intentional and organized. I had a lot of parents compliment the idea.
I purchased these notebooks from Discount School Supply.
Another early activity was for kids to find glue their name in order in their books. This was around Valentine's Day.
They work best if used horizontally.
I dated and labeled each page as we completed a task. Below are a few pages from our book. We did one page a week. I recommend starting out with a "first try" writing. Then begin spelling the name before writing it. We did this by putting our names in order with the help of our name tag. Each time a student completed an activity, they earned a sticker for the front of their book!
Some of the individual activities were original and others were found on pinterest. Click into my board for links to the original posters. http://www.pinterest.com/tinkerbell9428/preschool-name/
I wrote the children's names in yellow highlighter and they traced it using paint and q-tips. (Stickers were earned each time they completed an activity in the book. )Activities were sometimes done as a group at Table Time or individually during free-play.
One of our first activities included children cutting apart the letters of their name (that I had pre-written) and then gluing them into their book in order.
I asked my facebook friends for any half used sheets of ABC stickers taking up space in their scrapbooking storage. Kiddos searched for the letters of their name. We did this during our animal unit, so we called it a letter safari!
I often programmed pages with "Trace and Try" They traced what I had written and then gave it a try on their own. I did this at least once a month.
Lines and boxes
Rainbow Writing: students trace names several times in several colors.
Fill in the blank.
Honing in down.
For letter R week we made name rockets. I suggest having the students count the letters of their name first, glue on the correct number of squares second, then write their name accordingly. This worked better than having them write it first.
Name Trains for letter T week. Same thing as rockets, count, glue, write.
Letter Snowman, count, glue write.
I hope you find this useful!