How and what do you call your child? Harshal is often called Brat H or Hersheys 😉 We all have nicknames as well as our actual names. Do you remember how and when you started responding to someone calling you? Or when someone called your name and you realized it was you they were addressing?
It is indeed strange that we don’t recall such an important phase of our lives. How then to teach children? Though I don’t remember when I learnt my name, I do remember that it was one of the first things I learnt to write. Teaching small children such an important thing is a challenge though. This name will be their identity for a lifetime. So it needs to be taught right. So, today TCT is giving out tips on how we can embed this identity into their young minds on the right and long lasting way.
1. Put it up on every little thing they own: Right from their bedroom door to their cupboards, toothbrush and even their windows. The more they see it, the more they will read it and memorize it. Also, putting it up with all the things that belong to them will get the point home that this is what belongs to them and hence their name has been associated with it.
2. Try stamps or magnets: Once they have the name in their memory because of seeing it around so much, it’s time to test if they can spell it correctly. You can use stamps or fridge magnets to make this fun ! Don’t use all the alphabets though, it might overwhelm them (use more alphabets than their name has but). Juggle these up and ask them to pick out the alphabets their name has and then spread out the stamps on a slate. You can even use the magnets to paste on the fridge or the cupboard, jumble these up too and ask them to arrange them in a way that their name is spelled correctly. Sounds fun, right?
3. Computer Typing: This one could be the most fun for them, since they love gadgets and especially computers! You can simply open up a blank word document, select a good clear font, make it nice and big, and let them choose the color and type out the name by looking at the keyboard.
4. Board Name Game: Revive the old world charm of board games. We have had these since our own childhood days and they’re still very much in and available easily. Why not use them? Plus, they are big and clearly visible, which will make it easier for the children to make out the alphabets.
5. Lego Stacking: Playing toys can impact the mental growth and development. Infact, playing with the right kind of toys can help in major social development! As per the size of your collection, you can write the letters of your child’s name onto your Lego or Duplo to create a permanent and lasting game. You can even print the letters on labels and then attach them to the pieces. This activity can be a huge hit because it provides the option of doing it both horizontally and vertically.
6. Water Painting: Print the name on a chalkboard (using chalk of course), and give your little one a paintbrush and some water to paint on top of the lines. As he or she paints the letters, they will ‘disappear’, which is always fun!
7. Highlighter Tracing: This is probably the simplest method. You just have to print his or her name and ask him/her to trace over it using a darker marker or pencil.
I am sure the little ones will enjoy these name activities so much that you will end up doing almost all of them multiple times. Teaching children can thus become fun for you as well. Another thing you can do is, go ask your mother how did she teach children like you and your siblings such a complicated thing. Maybe you’ll get more and better ideas.
(as published on The Champa Tree)