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Old 08-22-2015, 08:01 AM
 
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I am about to get a first day activity ready in which we will discuss taking our time and writing our names neatly and with pride.
Do you teach first graders to write their first and last names right from the first day? or do you have them begin by writing just their first name?
This is my second year in first so I am still learning what is typical. Last year we began with first names and gradually added last. By the end of the year they were expected to write both.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer- my first day back is Monday!!!


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1st graders will run the gamut. In our state, kinder is not mandatory, so I had kids who were just learning to form letters, and those writing cursive. I would start with first names, but allow more advanced students to do both.
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Agree with Coopsgrammy
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Begin with first names. Do you have a formal handwriting program?
I like to teach the proper letter formations and spacing before tackling last names. Some of the first names still have a mix of upper and lower case letters. You can always add last names as they become ready.
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First names. This year I have kids who can't even spell their first names correctly (either too long to finish the whole name or they reverse some letters). So I'm focusing on that first.
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Old 08-22-2015, 07:03 PM
 
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I usually have them just write the first name at the beginning of the year, but add the last name at the beginning of the second semester.


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I begin with first names. When I feel that is accomplished, I switch to last names. I mean everyone writes their last name on papers instead of their first names. This helps them recognize theirs and others too, increasing their reading vocab! At the end of the year, when they are much faster at printing, I have them write both names on their paper. Some classes I include their middle names for a needed challenge.
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Thank you all!!
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I feel much better about how I did things last year now!! I will have them practice their full first names for now ( Max can work on Maximilian).
Have a great year!
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Old 08-23-2015, 08:30 AM
 
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This is such an interesting post to read. I've never taught writing names on papers. I've just kind of expected it. We don't spend time on handwriting, so it isn't something I've thought about.
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I usually put both their first and last names on their name tags so they have a reference for anytime their last name is required, such as standardized tests. This is also a good reference for everyone to ge acquainted, esp if there are more than one "Michael" or " John". For the beginning of year handwriting assessment, I have them write their first and last name across the page as many times as it takes to fill up the paper and use this as a guide throughout the year. Another first grade teacher in our school teaches handwriting and it is so scary! Every single student writes the exact same way. It looks exactly like the Zaner-Bloser handwriting booklet. She definitely knows her stuff (30 years will do that to a person).
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