3. You can include a simple
biographical book such as any of the picture book collection
by David A. Adler available at your local library.
4. A picture book can also be a great way to help children appreciate and respect everyone name. Kevin Henke's Chrysanthemum is a wonderful book to address this issue.
Create a Name Tracer Page :
1. Print lined writing paper available for preschool (wide spacing) and elementary (K+).
You may also want to generate a customized tracer here are Kidzone Tracers
2. Practice first name only first. Print name for child in the first row. Make a slow demonstration for each letter. Have them trace over your printed example.
3. Encourage children to practice in the rows below
Tip: To use the tracer page many times simply insert on a transparent page protector or laminate. Make sure to close with some tape to avoid danger of suffocation. Use dry-erase markers , these really motivate the child because s/he can quickly make corrections.
If you insert the page in a page protector or laminate, keep it accessible (in the kitchen) and while the child is waiting for a snack or meal s/he can practice at the table on a regular basis.
Books : Expressions and action in comic strips are represented or implied with lines and shapes. The budding cartoonist should learn how to create action and expression with lines and shapes and to practice these skills several times a week. Comic drawing books might offer a guide for making expressive lines and shapes and there are many comic drawing books to choose from. One that we found especially good is "Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels ". If you would rather use curriculum, Alpha Omega Press has at least four units [ 1, 3, 4, & 7 ] that teach some elements of cartooning. If you purchased only one, get Unit 7 Comics .