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How do you teacha child to spell their name?

What is the best method to teacha a child to spell their name? My son can recognize the letter in his name on paper but he can not put 2 and 2 together. He is 4 year old!


Asked by o0luvlissa0o at 12:23 AM on Jun. 19, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Your son is doing just fine! Now is the time to teach him, but he's not behind if he's not spelling his name. About half the children entering Kindergarten can't write or spell their own names yet. They should, however, recognize their name when they see it printed clearly. That's a first step, if your son isn't there yet.
    Begin by printing his name everywhere you can think of. Print it in large letters, preferably red. Six inches is not too large! Post his name on his bedroom door, and above his bed. Write it on his toothbrush (smaller, obviously ), on his bath towel, on his toys. Label his clothes, coats, shoes, underwear, etc. Label anything that you want.
    Next, you might try to "trick" him. Write his name on an index card, and another word on a different index card. See if he can pick out which is his name. Play this a lot. Praise him for a job well done.
    Next, have him trace his name. You can (continued)

    Answer by LoreleiSieja at 1:46 AM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • Does he write his name at all? Write down his name and have him trace the letters and as he is doing so, say the letter. Even as you move up to him basically doing a dot-to-dot to write the letters of his name and then eventually writing his name below or beside where it is written, say the letters as he is doing so.

    When DD learned how to write her name, I did this and she did it too. Now (she's 5) if someone asks her her name, she'll say "it's Keeley, K-E-E-L-E-Y" LOL

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 12:26 AM on Jun. 19, 2011

  • You can print off his name six or seven times on a single sheet by going to You can spray shaving cream on a kitchen counter or bathtub wall and let him trace his name in the foam. Just smooth it out to "erase" and try again! Let him practice writing his name in fingerpaint, wet sand, mashed potatoes - whatever you have available. Also let him do many activities to develop small motor control (finger dexterity) so he will eventually be able to hold a pencil and print. Things like stringing beads and lacing cards.
    You can also work on the alphabet. Use flash cards. Point out letters in signs you see while you shop or drive with him along. Play alphabet games with him.
    Somewhere along the line, between recognizing his name and the alphabet, he will figure out how to spell his name.
    You can also teach him to spell it, by saying it many times in a sing-song voice and have him repeat after you.

    Answer by LoreleiSieja at 1:52 AM on Jun. 19, 2011