This is the last post in the “What’s in a Name?” series.  I am a little behind my intended timeline, but we have been busy learning!  At school, we are coming to the end of our name project and we will be moving on to investigating our class name…”Burton’s Beetles.”  For the last couple of weeks we continued to describe information about our classmates in different ways.  One way is through Concept Circles.  A concept circle has four quadrants, each with a picture and word to describe a member of our class.  The children refer to our All About Me charts and determine which child is featured in the concept circle.  Then they find the name to match the concept circle and place it above the circle.  The children enjoy matching the names to the circles.  The activity also sparks a lot of conversation among the children about similar interests, favorite colors, etc.  It is a fun way for the children to solidify their knowledge of classmates and to establish friendships.

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Our Name Project continues in full force. Over the last week, the children have started to read each other’s names with greater accuracy and many of them are even spelling each other’s names from memory. It is exciting to see their enthusiasm and interest in each other. I hear them referencing similarities in their names throughout the day. For example, “hey, we both start with the same letter” or “You have two syllables in your name too!”

Every day one of the children is the class helper. In the first round, we make an “All About Me” chart about each child. The children learn the pattern of the chart and can read their charts and those of their friends.

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