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First Name

Child portrait and practice writing their name

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Have a picture of the child available or let child draw a self portrait
  • Ask child to select a black sheet of paper
  • Glue picture on the paper
  • Using a white crayon or piece of chalk let child write his name under the picture
  • Place this picture with name in a prominent spot in the home


An enriching learning experience for a child is to say and recognize his name. Remember to help them learn their name by using it often in conversation and by seeing it in print.  Label pictures and papers by writing a child's name on the item for the child to see. 

Click here for a fun song about learning names.


Click here to see an easy way to make a puzzle from a child's name using a piece of cardstock and a piece of foam paper.

Use a child's last name for the activity if the child knows his first name.


You have done so many wonderful things, which accomplishment are you most proud of?

What is one thing you would change about our home?


  • picture of child (or have them draw a self-portrait)
  • black sheet of paper
  • glue stick
  • white crayon or piece of chalk

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Black
  • Number - Seven, 7
  • Alphabet Letters - J, I
  • Sense - Smell
  • Character Trait - Courage
  • Target Words - Long, Little, Short, Small

Monthly Proverb

Chinese - If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through

Did You Know?

"Before children enter elementary school, they must develop many linguistic and cognitive skills that will make later academic learning possible. By the age of five, however, children differ markedly in their success in reaching these developmental goals." Entwisle & Alexander, 1993

Books to Read

"The Little Engine That Could"
by Watty Piper, Illustrator Loren Long (Activity 12) (audiobook available)

"My Very First Mother Goose"
with Ioa Opie Editor and Rosemary Wells Illustrator (Activity 26)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions "
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions" VIDEO
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Little Engine that Could" VIDEO
by Watty Piper (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"America (My Country Tis of Thee)" VIDEO
by the Hit Crew, Album: Drew’s Famous Music for Summer Games and Activities (Activity 13)

by Willa Brigham, Album: Healthy Happy Habits (Activity 25)

"Miss Mary Mack"
by Ella Jenkins, Album: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (Activity 9)

My Country 'Tis of Thee
by Aretha Franklin (Activity 13)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Jack and Jill

(Activity 19 Month 9)

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.