I taught kindergarten for 16 years and was a district k-1 strategist for 2. I have a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Dallas Baptist and a doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas. I am currently working for Dallas ISD as a prek instructional specialist.
I just downloaded Deanna Jump's Literacy and Math Fun With Names from TeachersPayTeacher.com. It was $10 and well worth the money. The download includes 14 ideas for using student's names. There are several cute class book ideas. All of the masters and patterns are included. Go to Literacy and Math Fun With Names to view sample pages or purchase the download yourself.