Teaching Kids to Recognise and Write Their Name Independently
22 February 2013 - 5 min Read
One of the most important skills I hope every child in my class masters before leaving Kindy is to recognise and write their name independently. There are many different activities we have been doing to focus on this during the past two weeks. Here's a little look at what we have been doing...


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Searching through the sensory bin to find the letters of their name. Once they find each letter they then placed it on top of their name card. In the sensory bin we had shredded green tinsel, green gem stones and magnetic letters. The magnetic letters were not in the font that we write, so I had to make them up new name tags using Comic sans.


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Using the light table with a box of coloured sand on top to practise forming the letters in our names.


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Creating an initial letter craft. You can download the templates for this activity  here.


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Our first name writing sample. As you may have read in a previous blog post {catch up here if you want to!} the first task we completed for our portfolios was a name writing sample. You can download a copy of this resource here. To create the background for this the students placed magnetic letters onto an A3 piece of paper and then used spray bottles of edicol dye to spray over the top of the letters. Doing this also helps them to strengthen their hand muscles. Phew! It sure has been a busy start to the new school year! How do you like to help your students learn and practise their names? Share your ideas with us on our Facebook page. While you are visiting our Facebook page make sure you like it as we have a big announcement coming soon... 'Remember keep calm and pretend it's on the lesson plan!' Top Teacher xx

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