How to Teach Children to Write Their Names


Published:

Q: My daughter, who is entering first grade, still can't write her name. How can I teach her how to do this before next year?

A: You should be able to help your child accomplish this goal before school starts. Incidentally, she should be able to write all of the letters of the alphabet, too. You can work with your daughter using the steps below to help her learn to write her name. She needs to master each step before going to the next one.

* Get a copy of the alphabet letters the school is using. She should show the direction that each letter is formed.

* Teach her how to print the letters in her name, starting with her first name. The letters can be taught in any order. She also needs to know the names of the letters.

* Teach her the capital letter for only the first letter in her name.

* Print her name. Have her trace these letters many times. She may find it easier to write using a marking pen.

* Write her name using only dots. Then she should connect the dots.

* Print her name, and have her copy it under the letters you have written. She should say each letter as she writes it.

* Have your child write her name without looking at the model.

* Teach your child her last name in the same way.

Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@dearteacher.com or visit dearteacher.com.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

Must-See Holiday Light Shows Across North Carolina

’Tis the season for dazzling light displays. Here are our top picks of holiday light show extravaganzas across the state.

Applying to NC Colleges? Take an Inside Look at 16 NC Public Schools

These profiles detail everything from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years.

Applying to College? Get an Inside Look at 20 NC Private Colleges

Browse profiles on everything from from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Newsletter Sign-Up

Stay connected to what's going on for kids and families in the Triad by signing up for our FREE e-newsletters!

Subscribe

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Annual Guides

Education Guide

The all-new 2015-2016 Education Guide is packed with everything parents need to know to navigate more than 500 education options and resources in the Triad, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

GPS [Go. Play. See]

It's your complete family guide to Triad living. Parents are busy and on the go. Use this guide to help you explore all this great area offers for families in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding communities.

Exceptional Child

For parents of kids with special needs, finding help and support can be challenging. We've compiled valuable resources for Triad parents in our latest annual publication, Exceptional Child, which is also available as a digital guide.