Yes, I am that teacher who is up late at night the night before the first day of school, with class list in hand, typing, printing and laminating the name tags that my students will wear to and from school the first few days of school.
There are several ways for students to wear name tags. You can string them with yarn and they wear them like a necklace, you can pin the name tag to their shirt with a safety pin, or you can use a removable sticker name tag.
I have tried them all and I like to pin the name tag, but on their backpack strap instead (see photos below). The parents will pin it to their shirt for the first day. I will then take it off and pin it to their backpack strap, so that when the backpack is on, the name tag can be seen. This will eliminate me from having to take the name tags on and off everyday and prevents them from playing with them all...day...long.
For the school day, I just have a sticker name tag they will wear and I remove it before they leave for the day. (I have ruined many shirts that I have washed with stickers on them).
Each of the teachers on our team has a special icon or theme picture for their name tags. This helps the child to remember which class they belong to. They may not be able to tell you their teacher’s name, but they can look at their name tag and know they belong to the “frog room.”
On the back of the name tags, after I laminate them, I put a label with information for the parents to complete. The name tag can be flipped up and a bus driver can see where the child’s bus stop is located.
I remove the name tags from the backpacks after the first full week of school, but some parents like to keep them on for the entire school year (yes, they will look worn out, so I replace them with a new one).
I am including some photos to explain:
If you read all of this you get a Freebie! I made a packet with copies of the labels. Click here for the free download.
I had someone request the name tags in an editable format. They are listed in the Freebies page at the top.