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Won't write his name right. iLL-Legal Unicorn Alien 3 kids; New York, TX, United States 37137 posts
30th Oct '12

Alex is 3 1/2 years old, he does really good with the things they learn at this age...knows a bunch of shapes, colors, the whole alphabet, counts to 20 and is starting to count by 10's, etc etc.



He knows how to spell some simple words: hi, bye, mom, dad....and we always go over his name.



But I can't get him to spell his name right. He knows what letters to use, but he won't write them in order...we'll end up with Axel, Lexa, Exal and any other variation except the correct spelling of his name. We go over it every single time he shows me that he has "spelled his name" I'll correct him, we'll repeat the correct spelling a few times, and then he'll write it on his own and it's correct. But the next he writes his name, it's back to doing it the wrong way.



Do I just keep correcting him...or what else can I do? I know repetition is the best tool, but I feel like he has a great memory, he should know it by now...
Maybe I'm just looking too much into it.

Love_beingMOM 18 kids; Michigan 1282 posts
30th Oct '12

It's probably just because it's a harder combination of letters & a four letter word instead of 3.. Trying making up a song or game to help him remember it better!!

GetItGirl 2 kids; Virginia 1696 posts
30th Oct '12

my little brother's name is Patrick..and for a long time he wrote his name backwards..he wrote Tap on everything! But he never had anything wrong with him..and he's a normal college grad today so I wouldn't worry too much!

Stephloveslynden Due August 2 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; California 24423 posts
30th Oct '12

I think that's really normal for his age. Most of the kids in my daughter's pre-k class can't write their names at all. I would just keep telling him the correct way and having him keep trying. If you aren't already, write his name in dots and have him connect the dots, that will teach him to write it the correct way. My daughter's name is Alice and she always writes the e backwards. Its a perfect e, just backwards. Her teacher said she's still way ahead of the game and she's almost 4.

Fat-and-Happy TTC since Mar 2008; 1 child; Texas 13915 posts
30th Oct '12

If it were me I would make one of those letter trace pages with his name on it. That way he can just trace the letters and get more familiar with the way his name looks.



You can make one and print it from here: http://www.kidzone.ws/tracers/none/index.asp

Love_beingMOM 18 kids; Michigan 1282 posts
30th Oct '12
Quoting Fat-and-Happy:" If it were me I would make one of those letter trace pages with his name on it. That way he can just ... [snip!] ... familiar with the way his name looks. You can make one and print it from here: http://www.kidzone.ws/tracers/none/index.asp"

Cool link!!

Fat-and-Happy TTC since Mar 2008; 1 child; Texas 13915 posts
30th Oct '12
Quoting Stephanie Sodders:" Cool link!!"


Being a homeschool mom makes you search stuff like that out lol

iLL-Legal Unicorn Alien 3 kids; New York, TX, United States 37137 posts
30th Oct '12
Quoting Fat-and-Happy:" If it were me I would make one of those letter trace pages with his name on it. That way he can just ... [snip!] ... familiar with the way his name looks. You can make one and print it from here: http://www.kidzone.ws/tracers/none/index.asp"


Awesome, thank you so much!

iLL-Legal Unicorn Alien 3 kids; New York, TX, United States 37137 posts
30th Oct '12

thank you for the replies! :D

Jen 182 3 kids; Texas 34174 posts
3rd Nov '12
Quoting Fat-and-Happy:" If it were me I would make one of those letter trace pages with his name on it. That way he can just ... [snip!] ... familiar with the way his name looks. You can make one and print it from here: http://www.kidzone.ws/tracers/none/index.asp"


That's the exact same one they use at Jett's school. He is in Headstart and they are teaching him how to write his name by doing them at school and also sending those sheets home with us every friday and giving us that as his homework assignment for the weekend. They do 3 rows of chasing and the 4th row is blank so he can write it by himself.