To a child, there is nothing more important than his or her own name. Using names to teach letters and name recognition is a very powerful teaching tool. See blog post, Using Name to Teach the Letters and Sounds of the Alphabet.
This post provides lots of ideas for using children’s names to teach the letters of the alphabet.
However, not all letters of the alphabet will be in the children’s names. We teach all letters of the alphabet during small group and centers but we can also use books with names to include more letters in all of the graphs, charts and chants we use with the student’s names.
For example, we can read A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer and Steven Kellogg. Allow the students to choose a couple of the names from the book that contains letters not yet on the name graph to give a name to favorite classroom stuffed animals or pets.
Here are some other great books to teach letters of the alphabet through names:
(Click on the book titles to link to Amazon.)
A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer and Steven Kellogg
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recovitis
Great book to help students pay attention to the formation of letters and the meanings behind names.
Students love to chant this name and add it to the number of letters per name since it is so long!
Great book to discuss the importance of your own name and of origins of names.