Reading Chrysanthemum and exploring our own perfect names

One of the most meaningful first words to a child is his or her own name. The story of “Chrysanthemum,” by Kevin Henkes, is about a little girl whose name is Chrysanthemum which, according to her parents, is the perfect name….

This book is such a wonderful book which presents all kinds of different messages you can build on but I chose to use the book as a way to emphasize how every child’s name is meaningful and special…

Because my preschool is not yet back in session, I shared this book with my three year old nephew and we followed up the book by exploring his name in a couple of ways…

Name Puzzle 

First we talked about how Wyatt has a perfect name and then I invited Wyatt to join me at the table to explore the letters of his name. On the table was Wyatt’s name fully written out and in the basket were the letters of his name on separate cards…

Wyatt explored each letter of his name for a few minutes as he put the name puzzle back together in his own way…

Name Painting

Our next activity was a simple name painting…

I printed Wyatt’s name in large print on a sheet of white drawing paper and Wyatt used a dot shaped sponge dipped in tempera paint to decorate his name…

As Wyatt and I explored his name together through our experiences today, we discovered that Wyatt’s name is absolutely perfect!

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Comments

  1. Debbie Henry says

    I was, also, going to ask about the spelling of Wyatt’s name. I understand! I have had many of those “long days” lately. God bless you, Deborah, and thank you for all you share.

  2. says

    Thank you so much, Deborah. I love how open ended your activity is. My preschooler is four now, and we need to start working on some letter skills but he has no interest in tracing lines or trying many of the activities I see. I think though that he might enjoy these two activities. I’m going to give it a try!

  3. Verónica Ochoa says

    Gracias Deborah!!! Soy Educadora en México, tus actividades me motivan a hacer cosas nuevas con mis alumnos, en mi país no tengo oportunidad de materiales y espacios tan adecuados como el tuyo pero trato de acercarme lo mejor posible y me sirven mucho tus ideas, Gracias por compartir. Con cariño, Vero!!!

  4. Nancy says

    I use Chrysanthemum every year in the first week of school. Name recognition is such an important skill for preschoolers as well as a fantastic help for their busy and sometimes frazzled teacher!

  5. says

    Your are so right. One of the most important words is a child’s name. The next important word is their friends names. Great post and great book.