I really do not like name plates. My kids always pick at the tape and they end up looking pretty messy. Sometimes I just don't use them... but I think it's important for kids (at this age) to see their name. The more exposure, the better they are. It also helps with letter formation, they get to see how their name is printed properly.
Anyway, here's my solution... Name STICKS. I asked my local Wal-Mart if they would donate 20 paint sticks. My kids painted them whatever color they wanted to paint them...
And then I used a black sharpie to write their names on them. No taping, no picking, no peeling, no hassel.
I DID have to set a few guidelines down first...
- no hitting
- no slapping
- no tapping
But, it does give the kids a "fidget" to use if they are getting antsy. They can hold and squeeze their name stick as long as it's not disrupting a neighbor.
So, there you have it- my way of solving the annoying peeling name plates.
And, my kids are doing a pretty good job of managing their name sticks.
You could even take them with you to library. The kids could put their stick in the spot where a book was if they want to look at the book- that way they know where the book goes if they don't want the book afterall.
So- what do you do for labeling your students' desks??