On to the topic at hand! One of the goals I have for my preschoolers is to have them learn their name. Pretty early on all of my kids could recognize their names and J4 is no exception. So, once that skill is accomplished I like to work on them writing it and identifying individual letters. I mean it's one thing for a 3-4-5 yr old to recognize the pattern they see when they look at their name and another for them to actually sort of spell it out.
Every day I put a name "game" into J4's workboxes. I made this one from paint chips. I cut a file folder in half and wrote his letters on individual chips. The chips in the picture are turned to protect the innocent. I glued one set down on the folder and the other set are for matching up.
- Spell their name on a sentence strip and have them trace it with marker
- Spell their name in yellow marker and have them trace in pencil on a sheet of blank paper (I use drawing paper cut into wide strips)
- Spell their name so they can trace it and decorate it with stickers
- Spell their name out in pencil and let them trace the letters using dot painters.
- Give them the letter molds for playdough and let them make their letters in playdough and then match the order.
- When they are a bit older just have them spell out their name with playdough letters
- Use letter chips to match the letters in their name
- Spell out name in letter magnets at the frig or magnetic wall
- Trace letters on the white board/chalk board
- Cut out letters that are in squares and match/arrange depending on age
- Begin teaching last names when they get good at their first name