cmccarthy writes: Here's a trick I use to help my students practice writing their name, On a piece of paper use a highlight marker to spell your child's name. Use any color highlighter but yellow. The yellow is too light for a child to see the edge. Your child can then use a pencil to "trace" inside the highlighted letters you wrote. This gives your child a model to follow, while allowing them to see their own pencil marks. The trick is to keep their letters inside your letters.
charmed3times writes: I am no teacher or anything but I started at 4 all I did was sit her down at the table and showed her what the letters in her name were- NICE AND BIG. I gave her little ideas like and A goes up and down and across. I believe that if you spend the time with each letter he will get it. It takes time but also being in class will help too. After she learned her name and could write it on her own we then went outside and drew it all over the sidewalk with chalk and that made it even more fun! Good Luck hope this helps.
ErinTM writes: Start out with all capital letters. I wouldn't worry about him not knowing before kindergarten. That's what kindergarten is for! Also, kids show up at all levels.
allfortheohana writes: Fabulous suggestions! Lined paper, high lighter, and consistency! Tracing is a great way for them to learn! I used to have labels on everything around the house! The more they practice, the better! Kindergarten is the beginning of all of the important basics! Learning the ABC's and such! Consistency is the key to life, whether you are teaching or being taught! Practice makes perfect!
bluebird06 writes: Believe it or not, I made up a song to help my grandson learn how to spell his name. I also use that same strategy today to help him with his first grade spellling words. Give it a try and see what heppend. Good luck!
tracey writes: Severla thoughts:
1) Can he verbally spell his name? Making up a game or song helps with that (for example sing to Frere Jaque : "J-A-C-K, J-A-C-K, is my name ! is my name!" etc.)
2) If he can't write the letters, try getting him a name-puzze that spells his name ( search for "name puzzles" on Google.)
3) Cut the letters of his name out of sandpaper and have him hold them / lay them down in order, etc.
4) Write his name on large paper and glue "sounds like" items on each letter. Ex: JACKSON - glue jelly beans on the J, draw ants on the A, cotton balls on the C, stickers of Kittens on K, string on S, dry oatmeal on O, draw the "Nemo" fish on the N!
Tfulford writes: I have a 5-year-old that is so proud to know how to spell his name and more. We found that the more art he created the more he had to sign his work. Not so easy for a Christopher! We posted it on the fridge and he could go get the paper to copy when he needed it. Good luck.