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)
at 1:46 AM on Jun. 19, 2011