Then we played with our name on the lids. She matched her letter lids up with the circles and letters I had drawn. Then I mixed them up and asked her if it looked right? She knew right away it wasn't right and told me, "I am an 'F'!"
I told her, "Yes! You're name does start with an 'F'!" Then I put the 'F' in the right place and we continued to unscramble them, call them by name and sound them out until we got them in the right order.
We sang our family name song. One that I started back when it was just 'MOM', 'DAD' and 'JOY'. With each sibling we've added their names and we sing it often. They have all learned how to spell 'MOM', 'DAD' and their own name as well as the names of their siblings because of it. Our song goes like this...
"M-O-M spells MOM, D-A-D spells DAD,
J-O-Y spells JOY and (say it fast...) J-O-S-H-U-A spells JOSHUA!
F-A-I-T-H, FAITH, S-A-M-U-E-L, SAMUEL.
We are the Adams Family, (shout...) A-D-A-M-S!"
So simple, but it's been such a great way for Joy and Joshua and now Faith to learn how to spell their first and last names.
So after singing through our family name song a few times, we played a fun little game I learned from www.teachmama.blogspot.com called Letter Connect. To play Letter Connect, you simply make connections between the letters in two names at a time, drawing lines to connect the matching letters. When there isn't a match, you make a big 'x' alongside the names. But we found matches in all of our names.
It is so exciting for me, getting to be there when each of the kids learns something new or makes a new connection and figures something out. I LOVE it! It's one of the most rewarding parts of my day! :)