Fun ways to teach preschoolers to write their name

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  1. bijansmom

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    Any ideas on making writing names "fun"? My parents are really pushing for their kids to be able to write their name. While I do understand that for some kids it may not be physically possible due to lack of fine motor development (they are 3 and 4s) -- my parents don't seem to get that. There are some that can write their name but quite a few cannot.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
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  3. czardoust

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    Nov 11, 2003

    Really? that is like riding a bike without training wheels at age 3-4 it just doesn't happen. Preschoolers are drawings swoopy circles and coloring in scribble, just beginning to learn to cut with safety scissors and go potty unassisted! Can they just....be patient with their children?
     
  4. teacherkasey

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    I agree that it's a bit much to expect them to write their names but I know the pressure parents can put on teachers too!! One of the things I did with some of my Kinders that were having trouble is to fold a piece of copy paper into thirds. In the middle section I wrote their names in a thick black marker. Then the kids fold the top flap down and traced their names. Then fold the bottom part up and trace their names again. Here's a great site with lots of name activities and there may be some ideas you could use.:)

    http://www.thevirtualvine.com/Names.html
     
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    What about shaving cream, salt or sand trays. Tracing over sand paper or textile type activity....
     
  6. Margo

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    Rainbow writing- You write their name with a wide bright highlighter. They trace over their name with a crayon. Each time they trace they choose a different color crayon. The end effect is a colorful rainbow. Just make sure they are writing each letter in order before changing colors.

    Soap crayons - they can practice writing their names at home during bath time on the shower wall. (and it helps mom clean the tub)
     
  7. czacza

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    On the rainbow writing idea:
    Read "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes. In this book, the main character loves her name- she loves eriting it over and over with orange crayon. Write the kids' names on tagboard- Have them 'rainbow' trace over the names with several colors of crayon.

    Another idea is to write the name on sentence strips. Laminate or slide the strips into 'strip protectors'. Kids trace over and over with wipe off markers.
     
  8. lilkidteach

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    Trace Names

    I know this is not as fun as some of the other peoples ideas but this is what we use for our four year olds.

    http://www.kidzone.ws/tracers/none/index.asp

    This web site lets you put in their names, and you can print out 4 dotted names. Our kids are getting much better at writing thier names now, and we have been using these once a week for about two months. Many of them are now ready to start writing on their own.
     
  9. mccwen

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    I don't know how fun it is, but I do the highlighter tracing with my kinder's. It really works. One little guy that's been struggling to learn how to write his name is really coming along with it. I've also used the salt trays and shaving cream before. Those are fun!
     
  10. SpecialPreskoo

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    Maybe get some plastic stencils. My kids love those... letters, numbers, animals and other shapes. THey just get a kick out of them.

    Lori
     
  11. Patty A.

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    Oh yes, there is a fun way, a little messy though. We made a "Rainy Day Name" First you have to write each child's name on sturdy poster board, at least 3 inches big, then use small glue bottles, with guidance if needed, have the children "write" their name using the glue, then put the name card in a tray, the size of a cat litter tray,and sprinkle powdered tempra paint on top, shake it so the name is covered, then let the children spray their names with water, very lightly and their name might look drippy, that is why it's a rainy day name. You can also do that with glitter. I always use the large cat litter trays, they come in handy for anything that is messy, I bought 2 at the pet store.
     
  12. mdhillon8

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    Jun 23, 2004

    preschoolers writing their names

    I like to write their name like a dot to dot for them to practice tracing over at least once once a week. They can usually write their names by the end of the year and are proud when the can.
     
  13. Lisa H.

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    I totally understand! The group of children in my class are ages 3-5, so my older ones can write their name, so that helps the younger ones to want to do theirs. The way that I do it is I do their names in dots, and they have to trace the dots, it works really well, and before you know it, they can write the first letter all by themselves. We also spell it out each time, so it helps them learn how to spell it too. I do a paper once a week for the children who need the practice, or are just learning, with their name on it 3 or 4 times and after they trace their names, we put stickers, stars, stamps anything to let them know what a great job they did, and send it home. I write a note the first time about how this is a great way to practice their name at home and at school. :) I also have a sign in sheet on an easel by the door and the children have to sign in every morning, so I will do the dots for their name, and then they will write it. This way they so some writing everyday. I have had a lot of success with both of these.
     

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