Did you know that your child will have to know their first and last name before their first day of Kindergarten? We have been working on teaching my youngest son his full name since he has been home with me this past year. It has been fairly easy to teach him but not all children learn the same way. Today, I wanted to share some tips on how to get your child to say and recognize their name. I highly suggest teaching your child their last name too.
Ask Your Child if They Know Their Name on a Regular Basis
I used this particular method to teach my youngest son his full name. I wanted him to be able to tell other people what his name was when people asked him or in case he got separated from us at the store. I simply would ask him if he knew what his name was on a regular basis. In the beginning he would tell me that he didn’t know so I would tell him his full name. Then I would ask him again and he would repeat it. Now when I ask him what his name is he is able to tell me his full name without hesitation.
Use Fun Crafts Using Your Child’s Name
Some children are visual learners and enjoy learning when they are doing something fun. There are a ton of crafts ides on Pinterest to help come you come up with some great ideas to make with your child. As you are doing your craft, talk to your child about their name and get them to recite their name back to you. You can even ask them what letter they are drawing or working on.
Make a Game Using Your Child’s Name
You can use the alphabet letters, side walk chalk, or alphabet cereal to come up with a fun game to help your child learn their name. For example, you can write their name on a piece of paper using letter and then have them take the alphabet letters and match them to each letter of their name. Once they have completed matching the letters of their name, simply tell your child their name. Then ask them to recite it back to you. Need some more game ideas check out these 35 Name Activities for Preschoolers.