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Using Lines & Curves: I CAN MAKE MY NAME and I CAN WRITE MY NAME

As an Occupational Therapist I know all too well about supporting children in unlearning ineffective handwriting habits.  Preventing detrimental habits that have a strong negative impact on lifelong writing fluency is what I am all about.  I am passionate about bringing fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate tools to teachers, parents, and therapists.   
These recent products I developed are for preschool and beginning kindergarten children. They are loads of fun and target essential fine motor and perceptual skills. 
This First one “I CAN MAKE MY NAME” is all about giving kids 5 and under an easy and accessible way to construct their names with lines and curves. 
Pizzas curves and Pencil lines are cut [straight line cuts only] and are then glued onto a name frame.
Letter cards activities include sorting and partner tasks. 

Posters can be used to help children look at and count the big and little lines is each letter.  

Children then make their own nine page alphabet booklet where they count lines found in each letter.  I have found this skill to be essential for children to understanding, remembering and then write letters. 

These classroom books offer community building opportunities throughout the year. 

At the beginning of the year teachers may want a name and picture book to be in their class library.  This WELCOME TO OUR ROOM book lets each child ‘write’ their own name. As all names are completely legible your children will all feel successful and on an even ground.  

The next “Say Hello” books offer children the opportunity to read names of those most important to them, and by tuning the page receive immediate picture confirmation that they did it right! 

I have just learned how to publish editable documents and so now I am able to offer them to you!  The WELCOME TO OUR ROOM and Say Hello books can be changed to add in the teacher’s name, different phrases or whatever you may prefer. 

When children have a greater understanding of letters and can hold greater quantities in their heads, they can count the big and little lines in others names.  On the sheet pictured here, you may handwrite names but if you prefer open up the included PowerPoint file and add your students names using your prefered font.  I personally like a few handwriting fonts that are free for personal use.   KG Fall For You,   Passing Notes  on TpT,  Chalkboard on Mac, and  Comic Sans MS on Windows. 

Next is a great name writing tool that is aimed for preschool age children and older children with motor difficulties.  I CAN WRITE MY NAME is all about supporting children in learning the correct motor path for each letter. 

MRI brain studies show that these early letter writing attempts strengthen letter recognition and reading. Pencils and pizza are familiar objects that kids have fun tracing and will help them to learn to form lines and curves needed for all capital letters. These sheets will help them learn conventional letter formations and to acquire an essential life-long legibility skill of starting their letters at the top!  

Individualized Book Includes:
* Fun ‘Pencil & Pizza’ cover page with your child’s’ name.
* One page for EACH letter of the child’s name. Pizza & Pencil letters can be finger traced and then practiced with pencil or marker on lines. Tracing and go-dot cues diminish as children progress.
* Final name-writing practice sheet. [maximum of 7 characters per page]
* Name Card
* Letter Cards 

Features:
• Gray-boxes and Go-dots give young children the visual and spatial cues they need to be successful with their first writing attempts.
• All names are in Capitals
• 5 Plus Activities. Fun tasks to help young learners to discriminate letters, name letters, count, sequence, and write the letters of their name!

5 Plus Activities:
Year-long name writing mini-book. Let your students and parents see how much progress has been made!
Sequence, ID, and count the letter cards of a name as a pre-writing task.
Sorting mats “Letters in my Name”, “Letters NOT in my Name”.
Voting Survey Tool: Motivate reluctant writers to fill in their name sheet to vote in classroom surveys. [e.g. Attach one picture to each of four bins, children vote for their favorite by placing their finished name sheet in the box of their choice. Pictures for transportation, community helpers, zoo animals, spring critters, seasons, and empty frames are included to get you started.
Writing friends names on Girls and Boys sorting sheet.
Letter home to Parents or Newsletter post to let parents know how you are teaching letter formations and what they can do to help. Choose either a framed version of an editable .doc file

If you are concerned about children switching to lowercase as they get older, rest easy. If children receive good explicit instruction for lowercase formations when they are developmentally ready, they naturally want to use more grown-up printing.
$5.00 for the first book and $4.00 for each additional book.

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