The names of our students can be a really valuable learning tool. We can focus on letter identification, sounds, rhyming, and so many other great possibilities. After we have been together for about a week or two, and we have learned everyone's names, I send home the Name Bag. It is a canvas bag filled with a letter to the parents, photographs of each student, first name badges, a name song we learn in class (from the CanTeach website) , and letter tiles. If you don't have plastic letter tiles, you can easily create them from paper. Each student has the opportunity to bring home the bag for one night. They "introduce" their new friends to their families and practice reading, identifying, and spelling the names. It is a very popular bag!
This packet can now be found in my TPT store!