According to news reports today 15% of boys struggled to write their own name from memory, compared with 8% of girls and 38% of boys were not at a level where they could “attempt writing for a variety of purposes” – including a basic letter to Santa – compared with 19% of girls.
Ten suggestions to help children to learn to write their name:
- Check they can read their name – can they pick their name card out from a mixture of other names?
- Practice ‘spelling’ their name using magnetic letters or letter flashcards
- Make the letters from Wikkistix and use them as tactile letters to feel
- Trace over a laminated name card (write the name with a highlighter or dots before laminating) using a whiteboard pen
- Write the letters needed into shaving foam
- Practice writing on a chalk board or whiteboard attached to a wall
- Copy underneath a printed name card
- ‘Write’ using a stick in a sandpit
- Get into the habit of ‘writing your name’ at the top of every piece of paper / worksheet
- Praise any attempts at name writing