Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Namedropping (Part 2, Tracing Namecards) and a Snippet on/of Sharing

We use namecards in the classroom to mark materials that are out on the rugs and tables so that we know just who is working with what. This is especially useful with big/long work or activities that children may need another day or several days to finish.

A Snippet on Sharing

When a child brings a material out from the shelves, it is his work and it is his responsibility to take care of it and to pack it away. Should a classmate want to work with him, the classmate must ask his permission first. He, the current owner of the work, has the right to say "yes, you may" or "no, maybe another time". Why is this so? While sharing is, without a doubt, an important lesson; children, just like adults, also have the desire, the goal to accomplish some things by and for themselves. Some activities are more meaningful and important to them when they do it on their own (I'm sure each of us can think of our own examples of these). They take pride in that and we respect that. Also, children at a very young age are naturally possessive, as such, they must learn the right approach to proprietorship first; they must learn how to own before they can be taught (to share food or toys or books) how to share (which will developmentally come).

Tracing Namecards
You can let the children use tracing paper over their namecard and trace over their names. We use a blue pen for consonants and red for vowels; we also use small binder clips to hold the tracing paper and namecard together. The children love this work and most of them make at least one everyday, even the almost-6-year-olds who can already write their names with a pencil on lined writing paper.

Here's Bea, 5. This work is particularly useful for her
because up until now, she has been writing her name
ALL CAPS. Small letters are more challenging to learn, so
teach those to your children first, before moving on to the
capital/big letters (which are mostly straight lines). Children
who start with ALL CAPS first will usually have an aversion learning
small letters since, again, the curves and slants are harder for them.

Another Snippet of Sharing

I'm sharing my work with you (since handwriting worksheet generators usually have one or two letters along the red and blue lines wrong). If you want a namecard for your child which he/she can use to practice writing his/her name on, I can make one for you. Just leave a comment or email me at with your child's full name and your email address. Give me a few or more days and I will send a jpeg file (with the name of your child printed on red and blue lines*) over and you can cut and glue it to a 2.5 x 14.5 inch cardboard and cover that with plastic.

*Note: Writing paper standards are different in some countries. In ours, we have blue top line, red middle line and blue bottom line. If you require a different set, let me know as well.


  1. Montessori MomentsJanuary 22, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    My daughter LOVES this work!

  2. The children in my class make at least one everyday! We always have to make sure we have at least 21 fresh tracing papers ready everyday. :)