Your child’s name will most likely be the first word he or she is able to write. But how do you get there?
Here are some helpful tips parents can try at home:
- Sing and spell. Teach your child a song about the letters in their name. “E M I L Y, that’s how we spell Emily.” This song should be fun and catchy. Some children might be able to recognize the letters in their name as early as two years old!
- Use magnetic letters (on the fridge, on the dishwasher, on a cookie sheet) to form your child’s name. Say the names of the letters and point to each one. Do this repeatedly until they can do it on their own!
- Write their name on an index card and cut apart each letter so it stands alone. Put the letters back together like a puzzle to form their name.
- Have your child practice writing their name in crayon, pencil, marker, paint, rainbow colors, colored pencils, shaving cream, chalk.
- Extend the learning. Once your child masters his or her OWN name, repeat this process with names of different family members! Mom, Dad, Nana, Papa can be super easy and quick. Then try names of siblings, care takers, friends, etc!