Children learn by memorization and there are tools that can help you to help your child to remember what their name looks like and therefore teach them how to spell it. Most teachers want a child to know how to spell their name by the time that they are in Kindergarten. If your child does not know how to spell their name by then, it is okay because the teacher will aid in helping them to remember what their name looks like and all the letters that are in it.
The first thing that you should do is write their name on a piece of paper. Each day you can go over the characters that are written down so that the child can familiarize themselves with it. I know that this helps because when my daughter was three, I went over this with her. Keep in mind that this is a working process and children do not learn over night. By the time that my daughter was in Pr-school, she knew how to spell her name, count to ten, and say the alphabet. Despite what a lot of people think, I did not tutor her all the time or take away her childhood. I practiced this with her everyday for a few minutes a day. A few minutes are all it takes.
Teaching a child to spell their name is different than teaching a child to write their name. Keep this in mind when you are teaching them and it is always easier to teach them to spell it before teaching them to write it down on paper.
Building blocks are the perfect tool for you to use and it is something that they will enjoy. After practicing with them on what their name looks like, set blocks in front of them that have only the letters of their name in it. It is easier to teach a child that is young, to spell their name if they see only the letters that makes up the name. Try to get your child to put the letters in the correct place without help but do not let your child become frustrated. If they seem to become annoyed at this, offer them a helping hand. You will probably have to help them a lot at first until they learn what their name looks like.
Playing letter games with things around you is something that they will enjoy and it will help them to learn how to spell their name. When you find letters that are in the child’s name, say it with excitement so that they will be interested and then ask them if they see any other letters that go in their name. It will probably surprise you the first time that they start actively getting letters and putting them together.
Once the child seems to be familiarized with the letters in their name, start saying the letters more and more out loud. You can do this even before they become familiar with the letters also. If the child’s name is Christina, say C-H-R-I-S-T-I-N-A so that they know that each letter has a different way of saying it. You can also do a letter association game that they might enjoy also. A letter association game is when you take the letter C in Christina and say something like, C is for Christina and Cat because they both start with C, H is for Hat which is also the second letter in Christina. This game will help them to learn that the letters go in other names like they do their own name. These are all a great part of building blocks to help the child learn how to spell their name.
Get your child to say their name out loud and then try to spell it. Help them out if they can’t guess the next letter or show them a letter on a block that is the same letter so that they can guess on their own with a little bit of help. When a child fist learns to spell their name, they may need a lot of help from you.
Children love songs and they are a great way to teach them to spell out their name. One that a lot of people use is the bingo song, only switching bingo and a few other words so that they child will sing the song along with you. Rhymes are also a great way to teach a child to spell their name. You can write a poem using their name or letters in their name; they will enjoy this and probably memorize it in no time. Memorization is a great way for them to learn to spell their name.
Think as a child would think and help them to learn in the easiest way possible. Never show your frustration or show anger at a child who is trying to learn how to spell their name. Practice makes perfect and sometimes a child needs lots of practice. Be patient and they will learn. Let your kid, be a kid or else they will begin to hate this and may even begin to hate school. This occurs in a lot of kids who become bored or feel like they cannot do this and it is upsetting you. If the child gets it right, praise them and if they get it wrong, let them know that it is okay and that you will help them.
Being a parent is magical, being able to say that you taught them to spell their name, is priceless. Work with your child and in no time, they will be spelling their name for you.