Arts in Education

Constructing Names in Pre-K

Allie
Addie

After making beautiful letters with a pre-K class we used popsicle sticks to create symmetry. In our last short session each student built their name from materials.

Eleanor
Eleanor

This is not an activity I had originally planned. It grew out of watching the what they had been doing with the some of the materials we had used in previous sessions.

Erik
Erik

I might have missed thinking about encouraging them to construct their names, but I heard their regular classroom teacher remark on how hard it is to write their names, but they seemed engaged in trying to create their names with sticks. So the next time I saw them I showed up with colorful foam sticks and harvested some other materials from the classroom.

William
William

Okay, some of them had trouble making their names with materials too. But what a great effort!

Ella
Ella

It was really interesting for me to see their sense of spatial relationships on display.

Jack, with his brother's name too (Liam)
Jack, with his brother’s name too (Liam)

An advantage to this activity was that they were so easily able to self-correct when things wouldn’t fit.

Marie
Marie

Kids with “i’s” in their names invariably dotted them.

Michael
Michael

I have a copy of the handwritten version of their names. There’s a remarkable similarity between the handwriting and the constructions, such as Michael makes the H in his name oversized when he writes it, just like he’s done here.

I love that I get to do these projects with kids, This summer I will work with Pre-K students once a week for six weeks. I hope to do projects like this repeatedly and see how or if kids sense of construction develops.

For now, this is the last of my pre-K photos. I think I will next be writing about what the fifth grade project.

 

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