It’s hard to believe, but Cammy starts school next year. It feels like only yesterday that she first appeared on My Little Bookcase as a baby- not yet walking. But the time has come and we are starting to prepare.
I recently received a voucher to purchase labels through Skool Labels, and I began thinking…
Cammy can spell her name. She can read her name too. But, can she read it when I am not there to prompt or help her? When searching the lost property box, will she be able to recognise her name amongst dozens of others?
Constructive Ways to Practise Reading, Writing and Recognising Your Name
Like many pre-schoolers, Cammy has been able to read and write her name for quite some time now, but I’m keen to give her many meaningful opportunities to practise reading, writing and recognising her name independently.
This is a short list of opportunities I’ll be setting up for Cammy as part of our preparations for starting school.
- Help Mum and Dad label school items (See below for more info).
- Check our letter box daily, sorting through our family’s mail and sifting out anything addressed to her.
- Write Christmas cards to friends, and read aloud any Christmas cards she receives from friends and family.
- Write postcards to her new classmates and teacher, signing off each time with her full name.
- Stamp her name into clay to create personalised Christmas decorations.
- Create her own Christmas placemat or place card.
- Use alphabet beads to thread her name onto a bracelet or necklace.
- Make her name from alphabet-shaped cookies, decorated in Christmas colours.
- Leave her mark (i.e. write your name) on Dad’s dirty car.
- Look for her name in books (In Cammy’s case, I’ll be asking her to search for her surname).
The idea to create these opportunities came about when I logged onto Skool Labels to place an order, and I realised how simple the site was to navigate and use. I decided to ask Cammy to help me design and order the labels, using it as an opportunity to help her develop confidence in writing and reading her name independently.
On one simple web page she was able to independently type her name and select colours, fonts and symbols for her labels.
By helping you create and order labels, kids will:
● Practise and develop confidence in reading and writing one’s name
● Recognise and identify letters
● Practise using a keyboard
● Develop mouse control
● Use design skills
Key features of Skool Labels:
● Because Skool Labels solely focuses on labels, the site is clean, clutter-free and easy to use.
● The order form page is simple to use. Kids can type in their name and see a preview on the screen.
● Kids have the freedom to choose from a range of fonts, background colours and symbols.
I love the use of symbols on a label. I think it helps kids identify their name label but it is also a good chance to pick a symbol that begins with the first sound in your child’s name (e.g. Cammy chose a cupcake as the symbol for her labels).
● The labels are affordable and have many uses (e.g. stationery, lunch box items, clothing, books etc.)
● FREE delivery on all orders Australia wide with no minimum order value
We received a voucher to purchase labels through Skool Labels. However, ideas and opinions expressed here are our own.
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