Thursday, August 15, 2013

Getting To Know You

Everyone always asks what's the best way to teach kids their letters.  I am all for non formal learning and making things seem like a game.  I am also big into having kids take responsibility for part of the teaching.

With a new school year here I combined a few of those ideas and came up with this activity.

Print a card for each child with the first letter of their name.  Cut it out.
On the back side of the card, put a picture of the child.  Laminate cards.

Gather the children together.  Have a child stand showing a picture of themselves and say:

My name is Joe. (turn card)
My letter is
Can you say my sound,

This activity is great for learning social skills by taking turns.  It's good to have children stand up and be in front of their peers and practice public speaking.  It gives kids a pride in sharing about themselves.  For those listening, this is awesome for beginning letter recognition and letter sounds.  If you are working in home environment tweak the activity.  Include cousins, neighbors and grandparents pictures.  Change the rhyme to say.

His/Her name is Joe. (turn card)
His/her letter is 
I can say his/her sound, 

If you are looking for printable cards with letters, you can find them here at Making Learning Fun.


  1. This is a lovely idea! The kidlets would love to have their picture cards to talk about in their Discovery Play time too. I will definitely be doing this one at the beginning of our school year (January). :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

  2. You always have the BEST ideas EVER!!!! I have used your sight for years for materials I needed to make for various college classes. I have told everyone who will listen about your great website! Now I'm excited to use the "millions" of ideas in my own classroom!

  3. This is a great activity! I love using names when teaching letters - it makes the learning meaningful to the wee ones. This would be a great sorting activity too - all of the kids whose names starts with 's' .... Love this idea! Sarah @