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Writing My Name - Letter Formation

In this week's story 'Lost and Found', the little boy knew that the penguin was lost and wanted to help but he didn't know anything about the penguin... where he was from... or even his name!


To show that something belongs to us we often write our name in it. Then if it gets lost, someone sees the name and knows who to return it to. Your grown ups are really good at putting your name on things that you take to Nursery. Have a look on your coat or school jumper... Can you find your name label?

In Nursery the teachers are always looking for the names in coats, jumpers, hats etc to find out who different things belong to! 


Knowing your name, recognising your name and being able to write your name are all really important skills. It would have really helped the little boy in the story if the penguin had been able to do that.

In Nursery we regularly support the children in practising recognising and writing their names.  Devoting time to the teaching and learning of letter formation in the early years is extremely important as it encourages the children to become familiar and confident in memorising and using the correct formation patterns and allows them to form good habits that they will use in future writing. 


Whenever your child is writing their name please guide them as much as necessary to enable them to form each letter accurately.  Using the correct letter formation is essential when writing. Write your child's name in yellow broad tip pen with a red dot to indicate where they should start.  

If your child finds letter formation challenging start big before transferring letters onto paper.  You can use shaving foam on a work surface or on the bathroom tiles, washing up liquid in a tray, chalking outdoors on a patio or brick wall, painting with paintbrushes on large cardboard boxes are all great places to start. Then once you have had practise doing this then make the letters smaller. If your child finds formation hard continue to talk through the letter formation with them and use yellow pen for them to overwrite the letters first for practise before attempting on their own, putting a dot on the yellow letter to help your child know where to start. It will take lots of practise but keep going, it will happen!   If you feel that with continued practise that your child is still finding this hard then additional activities to develop their fine motor skills may benefit them. 

You might also want your child to practise spelling their name using magnetic letters or the alphabet cards linked below.  Using just the letters needed demonstrate how you build their name. Then encourage your child to do the same.  Once confident you can muddle the letters up and see if they can still put them in the correct order.
Maybe you could create your own 'Lost and Found Office' at home. Role play asking for things that have been lost and checking labels. Your child might be able to recognise other names in the family or words such as 'Mum', 'Dad' that could also be used in addition to the labels of their own name that they have made. Or as an alternative to written name labels you could use pictures of family members on the additional labels.

Lost Property Sorting

If you have a high tolerance for mess, an over supply of printer ink and a lot of time on your hands then sorting a big pile of objects into the different categories would be a super task!