Joy Ways to Train Kids to Spell and Write Their Names
It may sound sort of strange eyeing as I spent 7 years instructing kindergarten and grade one before Miss G was born, but very infrequently do I sit down with Gracen with the intention of instructing her something specific. В At Two and Three/Four years old, I truly believe that she does all of the learning she needs
Recently, she’s become very interested in «drawing words». В It began off with random words like ‘sway’ and ‘tall’, and then it became focused solely on her name. В There’s been a entire lot of ‘How do you draw my name again, Mama?’ and ‘Mama, can we play another name game today?’ this past week, so that’s just what we’ve been doingвЂ¦ Exploring her name in joy, hands-on ways. В All of these plain activities are things I’ve done with my students in the past and Grae has scrupulously liked each one.
Stamping – We are fortunate to have alphabet stamps, but you can lightly make your own by adhering foam letter stickers onto cork tops or bottle caps. В Right now, I set out only the letters needed for her name
Magnetic Letters – I particularly like these wooden ones by Melissa & Doug, especially because the set includes both upper and lowercase letters, but any sort of alphabet magnets will do (you can even make some using scrabble tiles or foam letters). В I simply set out the required letters in a cup next to a magnetic board, and let Miss G play.
Computer Typing – This activity is extra special in our house since we indeed don’t let Gracen use our computers yet. В I simply open up a blank word document, select a good clear font, make it nice and big, and let Miss G choose the colour. В Then she goes ahead and searches out each letter on the keyboard. В Today as she was about to hit the ‘G’, she asked, «But Mama, is this going to be a capital G? Because my name needs a capital G.’ В After getting over my surprise, I instructed her how to use the shift key and that was that.
Felt Board Name Game – Since my days in elementary school, I’ve always loved felt boards and felt board games. В However you can purchase pre-made felt boards and felt alphabet lumps online, you can very lightly and inexpensively make your own. В Here is my felt board tutorial and my felt name game tutorial
Duplo / Lego Stacking – Depending on the size of your collection, you may want to write the letters of your child’s name straight onto your Lego or Duplo to create a permanent and lasting game. В Or, if you’re like us, you can print the letters on sticker dots or labels and then link them to the lumps. В This activity is always a gigantic hit and I especially like it because it can be done both horizontally and vertically.
Salt Printing – This one is one of my absolute favourite ways to have kids practice their printing. В In the classroom, I always keep a stack of colourful plastic plates packed with a layer of salt for practising printing. В The students use their finger as a pencil, then simply give the plate a little wiggle to erase the letter and practice again. В In this case, I used a rectangular serving tray and provided Gracen with an example of her name on card stock in front of her. (P.S. How amazing is that bed head?!)
Chalkboard Water Painting – If asked, I have a feeling that Gracen may say this is her favourite name game to date. В To set it up, simply print the name on a chalkboard (using chalk of course), and give your wee one a paintbrush and some water to paint on top of the lines. В As he or she paints the letters, they will ‘vanish’, which is always joy!
Highlighter Tracing – This is very likely the simplest of the bunch. В I print Gracen’s name and she traces over it using a darker marker or pencil. В We pretend the highlighter lines are the road (or racetrack) and the marker is the car, and of course you want to keep your car on the road!
Letter boxes – While I choose to instruct beginners how to print their names on plain, unlined paper, some munchkins, Miss G included, love having a little more structure than that. Creating two sets of boxes, your sample letters on top and blank ones directly below, gives many the capability to concentrate on one letter at a time with the aim of packing up all of the boxes by the end.
So that’s that! В Gracen’s been liking these name activities so much that we’ve done almost all of them numerous times. В I know I’ll be asked for fresh ones in the very near future, so as of now, I’ve got ideas that use spaghetti, clothespins, rocks, cookie cutters, beads, blocks, and bean bags ready to go, but beyond that, I may have to get Googling. В вє
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Debbie Stamme says:
Some extra activities Gracen, as well as others, might love I used to do with my classes when I instructed preschool: 1) Cut letters out of fine sandpaper & glue each to cardstock. The child can sort the letters into the decent order & then trace each with his or her finger; Two) Write each letter of the alphabet onto approximately Four″x6″ or Five″x7″ cardstock – I would write the uppercase letter on one side in crimson & the lowercase on the back in blue – & laminate both sides. I used clear contact paper to do this. Then provide playdough or clay for them to roll out & form the letters. Homemade cooked playdough is best, while it is still warm & color & smell of choice can be added, if desired; Trio) On cardstock write out the child’s name in large dots. Directional arrows can be added in a different color, if needed. Laminate the card(s) & provide the child with a dry-erase marker to use to connect-the-dots to form each letter; Four) Have the child find & cut the adequate letters out of an old magazine or newspaper to form his or her name and glue to paper or cardstock; Five) Assist the child in writing out his or her name in glue using a glue bottle or painting glue over pre-written letters with a petite paintbrush. A gluestick may also be used. Then cover the glue with glitter, wiggle off the excess, & expose his or her name. Permit to dry before stringing up. I used plastic trays & aluminum pie pans to help contain the glitter mess; 6) Provide the child with a large pile of pennies, washers, buttons, M&M’s, Skittles, or something silmilar to use to form the letters of his or her name. A card with the name pre-written on it in large letters may be used. 7) Make homemade pretzels & help the child form each letter of his or her name out of the dough, bake & eat. Also, practice writing letters using all types of mediums such as pencils, colored pencils, pens, crayons, fine & broad markers, chalk, charcoal, paint & paintbrush, etc. on different types of paper & cardboard. White on black is a very interesting effect. A white dry-erase board or Magna-Doodle board is joy to practice writing letters on, too, as is a sidewalk with sidewalk chalk.
Wow. Thanks, Debbie! So many wonderful ideas. You MUST have an education background of some sort, right? Thanks for sharing!
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Joy Ways to Instruct Kids to Spell and Write Their Names
It may sound sort of strange observing as I spent 7 years training kindergarten and grade one before Miss G was born, but very uncommonly do I sit down with Gracen with the intention of instructing her something specific. В At Two and Three/Four years old, I truly believe that she does all of the learning she needs