During the school year we work on our names daily! One of the best places to start when it comes to teaching children how to recognize letters and to read is to begin with their name. Every young child is interested in their own name, names are meaningful and personal! They will naturally begin to recognize their friends names as well over time. We read name books daily; each child has their own name book. Their names are posted all over; in the classroom, in the bathroom, cups, folders and cubbies.
The name plates your child will come home with weekly may seem very simple and repetitious but they are learning so much more than their name. We work on shapes, colors, letter recognition, scissor skills and patterns. The younger kids match up the shape with the letter written on the name plate. The older kids put their name together without prompts. The older kids will also either trace their name or write themselves.
Anyone that knows our family, knows we are a hockey family!! Branden was fortunate to be a part of a commercial for hockey this past March. Not only was this a cool experience for him and for us to see his face on national television, but the message is amazing for every child! The commercial may be for a mortgage company, but every child needs to believe in themselves. School and sports will be a challenge at times but keep trying and believe in yourself and you will have success. Take a peek, 30 second commercial with a powerful message!