Here’s How to Start the Year with a Smile!
Learning to read and write from left to right is fun with this crafty idea by Antonia, a Pre-K Teacher in Kennewick, WA.
To help children remember that they should begin to read and write at the upper left-hand corner of a page, I help them create smiley nameplates. I cut colorful poster board into separate cards measuring approximately 4” x 12”. On each card I write one students name in craft glue.
I then supply the children with art materials (beans, pasta shapes, buttons) for them to press into their names. I show them how to work in one line so that the edge of each object touches the edge of another until all the glue is covered. I then place a small smiley face sticker in the upper left-hand corner of each card. After letting the cards dry, I display them in a row atop our alphabet letter display.
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This article was part of the August 2010 Classroom Connection Newsletter. Check out the other articles from this edition: