Today is National Literacy Day and what better way to celebrate than to help your child or student write (or learn) their name in a fun way that employs fine motor skills, and letter recognition all in one. For children, in my opinion, one of the most important literacy goals is to be able to recognize and spell their first name. Let’s take a look at what I’ve put together.
If you saw this video here, my 2-year-old began spelling her name earlier this year. We are currently working on handwriting skills and she’s doing a great job but (as far as handwriting goes) what is more fun than to write your own name at this age? I made this name folder for my daughter as a fun way to work on the penmanship and fine motor skills involved in handwriting, and it has been a hit. If your child is able to identify each letter of their first names, hooray! This folder may be just what you need to build (fun) name recognition, or as in our case a fun non-repetitive way to practice handwriting and the associative skill-set without simply tracing several hundred times. That’s just not that fun!
Let’s take a peak inside our folder. You can also see a video of her using this folder by clicking here.
The first page spells out my daughter’s name. You can see a video of her using this & live directions here. Tracing the name with her fingers is a great fine motor skills opportunity!
The second page is a name puzzle where she gets to build her name. Fun, right? I encourage building her name in order so that when she’s writing the letters of her name she recalls the proper order they go in without having seen her name written for her (which she just did yesterday while we were coloring before dinner and that was awesome!).
The following page is for handwriting practice. My daughter would trace her name on the dotted letters, then write her name unassisted below. Video here.
*I have laminated all of these sheets so that we may use them again and again. She uses a dry erase marker to work on these activities. Video here.
The final page, and please note either of the last two pages can be the ‘final,’ employs more handwriting. When writing as adults or even for school-age children, it is important that your letters have consistent size and space. On each line, I’ve dropped off a letter of her name until my 2-year-old wrote her name in its entirety unassisted in the small spaces given. Video here.
And that’s it, that’s what is in our name folder! My daughter loves writing letters so I just knew writing her name would be a hit but I did not want it to be repetitive tracing. I saw several different custom name options on Amazon and a few teaching websites and knew I could create my own without spending 20-30$ on it. If I were to ever create our projects for mass consumption, frugal ol’ me would make sure it was cost-effective for my kindred mommies. Love it? Would you try it? Would you buy this for your kiddos? Let us know!
We give our daughter plenty of access to crayons, chalk, etc (in a drawer at her level) to encourage creativity when the mood so strikes. To be clear, we do not and have never done lesson plans daily. When I realized my daughter was soaking everything in and yearned for more of an educational challenge I took it upon myself to craft and create opportunities for her. Learning should always be fun! Per her choice, we recently spent 20 minutes bird watching in our yard. We talked about the type of bird (dove), where birds live, what they do, what the doves where doing in our yard, which was the (2-year-old proclaimed) mommy bird, and daughter bird, how they clean their feathers, etc. There is something to learn daily and it does not need to be at a table!
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