I love using the childrens' names for basic literacy skills. I also love making books for the children to take home. I do this a lot with class books - make a copy for the families. Last week we made a "All About My Name Book."
Here's how I did it:
Monday - Each child counted how many letters were in their name.
Tuesday - Each child clapped how many syllables were in their name.
Wednesday - Each child counted how many vowels were in their name.
I typed up the sheet we used before hand (click here for a copy). Then each child came to the front of the group and did that day's name task. I like sending the book home as it gives a great tool for families to practice these essential skills. A student can go through the book and count how many letters in all their friend's names and so forth.