Two weeks before Sawyer’s first day of Kindergarten, I panicked: he wasn’t ready! I started to read on blogs, hear from other parents, and confirm with a teacher friend that he needed to be able to at least write his first name. And he’d never ever wanted to practice writing. He knew his letters, their sounds, upper and lower case, but hated writing. So I found some inspiration online and decided that we would make a name sign for his bedroom door.
I told him the day before that we’d be making a special sign for his bedroom door and he seemed excited. First, I took a strip of paper and wrote his name on it (upper case first letter, then lower case letters) with yellow marker. I added a little black dot where he was to start writing each letter. Then he used each color of the rainbow to trace over the yellow letters. I helped him remember to start at the black dot and guided him in correctly holding his crayon. (If I did it again, though, we’d have used markers that show up better than crayon.) He loved picking his next color and building them up to create Rainbow Letters!
When he was done, he helped me glue it to a piece of colored construction paper and decorated the border with stickers of his choice. He’s so proud of it’s special place on his bedroom door. And it really helped boost his confidence. Over the next couple of weeks, I’d find him writing his name on the easel all on his own.
Priscilla made a Rainbow Name Sign, too, but just scribbled on hers and decorated all over with stickers. It’s just as awesome!
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