Find out how to teach your toddler to turn those scribbles into his own name...
Like most toddlers, your little one probably loves scribbling.
But have you been thinking lately that it’s perhaps time to turn those scribbles into something more legible (and credible!) such as his name?
One of the first things a child learns to write is his name. It’s who he is, part of his identity and a word that he will hear all the time, all through his life.
So how do you teach your kid to write his name? We bring you some tried-and-tested methods to try out yourself with your child.
Do remember: have plenty of patience before you start this exercise and it may take some time before your child fully masters the art of writing his own name! Also, it doesn’t matter if your child can’t write yet as these exercises will just give him a head-start.
Method 1 — Using a reward
Toddlers love getting treats so use this as a form of positive reinforcement when he completes the steps in this method of learning how to write his name.
You could offer something your child likes as a reward (of course, only what you think is appropriate), e.g. fruit, a star on a star-chart, ice-cream, yoghurt, a small piece of chocolate, a new toy/book etc.
- Step 1: Prepare a small whiteboard/piece of paper and whiteboard marker/pencils. Decide what you will give your child as a reward after the exercise and have it ready.
- Step 2: Have you child sit down at a table and sit near him. Tell your child that today he’s going to do something really fun — learn how to write his name!
- Step 3: Set the paper/whiteboard and markers/pencils in front of your child. The write your child’s name in big, clear letters and explain that this is how they write their name.
- Step 4: Next, write your child’s name again, but this time form the letters with little dots or dashes. Have your child trance over the letters a few times until he gets the hang of it. Once his confidence grows, ask him to try writing his name on his own.
- Step 5: Praise him for a job well done and reward him as you see fit! Continue this exercise for a few days and soon he should be able to write his name by himself.
Method 2: Using highlighters
Young kids enjoy using bright colours so why not take advantage of this to teach your kid how to write his name? All you need are a few highlighter pens in different colours.
- Step 1: Write his name several times on a piece of paper, using differently coloured highlighter pens.
- Step 2: Show your child how to trace on top of the words you wrote using a pencil. Do the first one for him and then ask him to do the rest.
- Step 3: After he’s had some practice, encourage him to try writing his name by himself.
- Step 4: Praise and reward appropriately!
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