Oh what’s in a name? For a child it is a great sense of accomplishment when they first learn to write their name! A sense of moving into the world of being a “big kid” who knows how to write and spell their name! And it is only the beginning of many wonderful and fun new things to learn and do. So how do we go about helping them learn this wonderful skill? Repetition – “practice, practice, practice, makes perfect.” But remember that they can only “eat an elephant one bite at a time”, and should not get it perfectly in a day, week, or even a month, maybe a year? So make sure to not put that pressure on them. Some of the best advice I’ve ever heard was from a kindergarten teacher, “it’s just fine to make mistakes, if we don’t make mistakes, we’ll never learn!”
Here is one of our favorite simple ways to help children learn to write their name, you will need:
- Sentence strips – Download here and print. (Or purchase at dollar tree, they come in a pack of 30)
- Black sharpie
- Laminating paper
- Dry erase markers
To make: write each child’s name on a sentence strip with a highlighter. After writing the name, use the sharpie and place starting dots and directional arrows for the children to follow. After that is completed, laminate each name card.
To use: place these name cards at your writing center or use them during your small group activity. During your small group activity, hold up each name card one at a time and let the children identify their name. After they have identified their name, give each child a dry erase marker and a tissue to erase their card with. Have the children practice writing their name. You can have them identify each letter as he/she writes them. Remind your children that they start their letters at the top and then follow the directional arrows. When they have finished writing their name, have the child erase their card and try again if they’d like. (Make sure they erase them soon, the longer the marker stays on the harder it is to wipe off. You can clean them off with rubbing alcohol if needed.)
I use these with my class all year long for name practice. At the end of the year I send their card home with them. I like to punch a hole in the corner and attach a goodbye poem and a treat to the card.
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