First -- this is a borrowed idea from a crazy-cool educator of young tots in Los Angeles. A teacher who, against what common wisdom and research has told us, believes all kids can learn to spell and recognize their own name before the age of three.

And if meshed into your daily routine for about 1-2 weeks, it actually works. Most of the tots in the 2-3 year-old Parent-n-Me class that my daughter and I attend not only know how to orally spell their name--but can also recognize it. Wicked.

In took about two weeks for my head-strong 2 1/2 year old daughter to catch on. I found that in order for this project to be a success (and not become overly frustrating for either of you) you need to keep a couple of things in mind:

1. First and foremost, convince your strong-willed tot that the whole project was her idea. Master this, and you've got the parenting thing in the bag, don't you?

2. This needs to be as routine as brushing teeth. It takes a bit of discipline. We would spell and hop my daughter's name (more on that later) when she'd rise in the morning, at bedtime and any other time she showed an inclination.

3. NEVER push your child to do this project. At first she'll be confused, but after watching daddy do it a few times, she'll want to get in on the action, too. Remember, this project is a game and should be sold like one to the unsuspecting tot. We don't want them to hate letters before they can even read!

4. Have fun with this--if you're rocking the name game then so will your child!

Step 1: Gather necessary materials

For this project you'll need:

A LOONNNNGGGGG piece of butcher paper. Long enough to make that child work for those letters!


Tempera Paints in assorted colors, paint trays and paint brush


One eager to learn tot who is over the age of two

Scissors--for extension activity

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I did this outside with chalk and it worked really well. We did colors, numbers and shapes as well - I made them all in a square and she just went in circles. We drew it going up and down the steps, too. Thanks for the idea!
That would go well in play group! Our park is chalk friendly. Great suggestion.
My son would love this! He's a little firecracker, so any excuse to jump in the apartment is welcome. He can say his letters, so we'll give this a shot. <br>
i did this and my kid died, what are you going to do about it
Our nearly 3 year old loves computer games. We're putting his name as his password on the login so he has to type it to play - building up a few letters at a time.
&nbsp;I should ask my parents what they did with me. I could print my name when I was 2. They figured something out...
LOVE the Irish/ACDC tee :) Waay cute :)<br />
hmmm could you laminate it to keep it around? (or is it too big?) and then if you want to do the individual letters just do construction paper or something?? I did this with my son who will be 3 soon and he learned how to spell his name in one day and write it himself in a week! so it's totally possible!!!
Nice! I am here looking for lesson plans for an upcoming teacher residency program interview. This isn't quite what I'm looking for but i love it all the same! It reminds me of when my niece was 3 and could read. All it took for her to learn was reading to her ALL the time! she LOVED being read to and my sister would snuggle up with her and read with her finger so she could follow along. It amazed me because it was so simple. If you don't mind dedicating a lot of time to it. I really like what was said in the first step NEVER push your child and make them think it is their idea. All you have to do is to read YOURSELF in front of your kids and seem to really enjoy your self. they will want to do it to! And if they want to read with you all the time you have to be ready for that! BTW my niece is 10 now and just won her second school spelling B! Also my other niece (her sister) didn't have as much interest in reading but i believe this could be due to a different dynamic in the home by then... Divorce, and older sib, mom having less time etc.
My daughter is responding very well to the "Your Baby Can Read" program. I'm blown away by the fact that she can recognize 30+ words "magnadoodled" in my hand writing. I would really recommend it. It's quite expensive, but worth it. It is also available at many public libraries. I have made PDF flash cards from video screen captures. Anyone who is interested can contact me directly.
good day to you..im interested in your "your baby can read" PDF..i have a special child who is 8 yrs.old now, and she can't hardly read.would you mind sending to me your PDF flash card?thank you very much and God Bless You..
what does her shirt say?
It says Irish...written like AC/DC
Go on the IRISH!!!!!! Especially from d peoples republic of CORK!!!!!!
I think this may be one of the cutest Instructables I've ever seen :)
I cherish the memory of a similar game with my son when he was this age - except we made his letters out of modelling dough (in multiple colours of course!) This is a wonderful project to do with your two-year-old. Don't forget to take pictures
Thats a good trick !, hope i can remember thin in a few decades :P
My son was about a month shy of three when we were going to France on holiday. He could read quite well by that point and without any guidance astounded us by secretly teaching himself how to count from 1 to 10 in French by reading his sister's magazine which had English phonetic spellings of the numbers. We achieved this by several methods. The main one is constant reading. Every day and every night. Also, fridge magnets of letters and a black-board in the living room for quick and easy access. If you can represent everything you do both verbally and graphically while you do it then it'll just be picked up. He was the only person in his primary 1 class to obtain his national reading certificate too! Plus, he was able to work out fractions (e.g. adding 1/2 + 1/8 etc, rationalising different fractions), and percentages from about the age of 7 (e.g. two out of 5 of the olympic rings are your favourite colours, what's this as a percentage). Sadly, he's awful at fastening his shoe laces, getting dressed on his own, anything related to sport... But, there's no real trick apart from reward, constant exposure and having the correct attitude. We're real believers in there's no "I can't". It doesn't work with all personality types however, as our daughter steadfastly refused to learn in this fashion.
Well my son it's almost 3 and can say and recognize the complete alphabet and the numbers up to 100, and i don't think he is smarter than anyones , but we have been playing a lot with numbers (that are everywhere) and he also recognizes the names of all the other children in his class(the told us really surprised) , it's as you say in the instructable a matter of playing he/she will learn without noticing and you will enjoy it a lot , playing with your son/daughter it's always wonderful (although really tiring , they can't stop) and if you see him/her learning it's twice the pleasure. Another funny thing is that he speaks with me and my wife in basque but with my mother in spanish (she can't speak basque) and no one told him to do so but he realized alone and when we are with my mother he speaks in spanish. They are smarter than we think. Really good instructable i do recommend it to everyone.
Excellent instructable! I can join the others in saying I know from first hand experience that small children can be taught to write, spell and read their own name (well, obviously, you proved it!).
Ahh.. so all the cries of "Can we do the jumping now?" from the youngest class in primary school make sense now. This looks like a great way to engage your child with recognition of letters- fortunately you had the foresight to give your daughter a name that works well in synthetic phonics :) I think little Jean-Claude would be missing a trick there... Out of interest, who was the "crazy-cool" educator? Anyone related to the Montessori method, or something similar? I was very very very lucky to go to a Montessori in the UK run by someone who trained in the States and sincerely hope I can find something similar for any chilluns I might one day have.
My son just turned 2 in Feb, and he can already sing A-K and count to 7. Not bragging, but I have been looking for another way to advance his abilities, and this would be perfect! I am going to pass this by the Misses in the morning and start it tomorrow after work!
If you try it let me know how it goes
. Fantastic iBle! And a cute kid to boot. . heehee Make 'em think it's their idea and make it fun. That does pretty well sums up parenting, doesn't it?
What a wonderfully put together I'ble! And a most astonishing and amazing idea. My daughter is only 10 months now, but I really, really hope I remember this in a year. Featured!

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