When you think of kindergarten, what comes to mind? For me, it’s my goal to help all my preschooler write their names for kindergarten! I absolutely love this milestone! For this month’s busy bag blog hop, the theme is kindergarten prep, and I am going to share a tactile way for a little one to practice writing his or her name!
In my quest to find the best and most effective ways to help my students write their names, I have learned that tactile activities are the most effective. When I say “tactile activities,” I am referring to things such as sandpaper letters, sand trays, writing in shaving cream, etc. These are all ways that our sense of touch teams up with our brains.
When we make an activity tactile, we are helping a child’s brain better understand and retrieve information. Letter formation is tricky, so I love finding more and more ideas to make this less work and frustration. After all, my philosophy is that learning should be fun and exciting!
Here is our tactile name book. I used glitter glue to write the letters on 3X5 cards (or card stock could be used), then hole punched the corner and added a ring to make it a flip book.
Each page I leave out a letter and replace it with an underline. This way they can practice the letter that is missing, without the glitter glue, and then they trace the rest of the letters.
This activity should be self-paced and allow the child to decide when they are ready for the next page. Eventually, they should be writing their name on the last page, which won’t have any of the letters.
Now here are some more fantastic ideas to help little ones get ready for kindergarten from some other great bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Free Alphabet Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Word Family Sort // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Printable Time Telling Game // Easy Peasy and Fun
Story Circles // Powerful Mothering
Magnetic Name Trace // Teach Me Mommy
Sight Word Memory Game // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Tactile Name Writing Practice // Preschool Inspirations
3D Shape Identification // Mommy Needs a Coffee Break
Touch and Feel ABC Cards // The Pleasantest Thing
Printable Dry Erase Morning Routine Busy Bag // Lalymom
Sequencing Mr. Men Shapes Busy Bag // Adventures of Adam
Alphabet Matching Puzzles // Itsy Bitsy Fun
Lowercase Letter Formation with Baked Cotton Balls // Sugar Aunts