I love to have special items for my class at the beginning of the year. Desk name plates are one of my go to items. I used to buy them each year, but then I started to create my own.
It is important to have something fresh and interesting for the children, especially if they are going to be in the same classroom for a second year. This helps to make it feel like they are special and in a new classroom too. Feeling important or special goes a long way in developing a positive classroom environment. Try using color, special name plates and other classroom decor.
Why is it important to have more than a name on the name plate?
Names are the main focus of the name plates, but name plates should have other important information on them too. They then become a tool that children can refer to when needed, especially if the teacher is busy and unable to give specific help at that moment.
What should a personalized name plate have on it?
Deciding what to put on a name plate can sometimes be difficult. You want to have some information on it, but if you put too much information, it is difficult to see and then it becomes less useful. I think a place for the name should be the main component, and then the specific additions are up to the person creating the name plate or the teacher wanting to use it.
For primary students, I found that having the alphabet, a number line, the shapes, and maybe a hundred chart works best.
I created a rainbow themed back to school kit and these name plates are part of the kit. Being retired, I now tutor French and I help out in French Immersion classrooms. I also create primary materials in French as well as English. I created a French version of my rainbow themed kit and adjusted the material to correspond with the French language.
Check out my store to see more of the rainbow themed back to school kits.
Have a wonderful year and enjoy spending time with your new students.