Your child’s name is probably the first word they will learn to read and write. Once they’ve learned how, and you are working on letter recognition, this is a very simple activity that you can do with your children. You can do it at the chalkboard like we did, or on paper. T likes to play this frequently and we’ve adapted it to work on letter recognition (for the letters in her name) in books, on signs, and when I am writing things down.
Letter recognition is a starting point on the way to reading – recognizing that words are made up of letters, and that all letters are different play a part in letter recognition. Finding same and different letters to those in their name is a great start. You can adapt this for different levels of ability. Children can start off with a single letter, and progress to the letters in their name, and then random words.
You will need:
Eraser for the chalk board
How to play “That’s in my name”:
We started off by writing the name on the board and identifying the letters in her name. T is getting really good at identifying her name and the letters in it as well, and she’s starting to attempt to write it as well.
One of my aims is to introduce more letters as we go so I decided to work through the alphabet. I started off by writing the letter, and then drawing an object to represent the letter.
At the top of the board her name was written, and she found the letters from her name in the words.
I made sure that when it came to the T-word “train”, that instead of a lowercase T, I used uppercase to match the T in her name.
Whilst we were going through the letters, T also traced over the main letter with her finger to get an idea of how the letters were written.
Once we got into the swing of it, and we’ve done this many times as it needs no set up apart from the chalks brought out, I got T to suggest words for each letter of the alphabet, working on beginning sounds of the words.