Writing our Names in Preschool
Name writing in preschool is an essential skill in preparing for Kindergarten. A child's name is generally the first word that they write. Lots of pride comes from a child learning to write his or her name. This is why I created a Name Writing Notebook for my students. Read on to find out more!
Before name writing can take place, it is important that children take the first two steps:
1.Recognizing: students need to be able to recognize their name (read a post about this here)
2.Constructing: students need to be able to build their name (read a post about this here)
Then, students can work on writing their names. I like to start with the first letter of a students name. We always practice the first letter as a capital letter. In the Name Writing Notebook, students work on tracing the first letter and then writing the first letter on their own in a grey box, as a designated spot on the paper to practice. In this notebook you will not find dots or dashed lines. I believe that children can be easily confused by those dots/dashes. By tracing solid lines, students are practicing the strokes rather than going from dot to dot, which can sometimes result in jagged lines.
We then move on to tracing the whole name with only the first letter a capital letter. I know that there is much debate over having children write in all capital letters and the transition to lowercase will happen. But, to be honest, I am not of that thinking. To me, a habit is a habit. How I practice things will be how I complete them. We do explore with building and writing capital letters, just not when we work on writing our names.
Do you feel like your preschoolers are ready to practice writing their names?
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