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Having a special needs child comes with an extreme level of responsibility, and oftentimes, more expenses. So, what do you do when you have to go to work and need someone to care for your child? I struggled with this for about two years before I couldn't financially stay home with my son any longer. I spent a lot of time looking for information about finding the right child care center for my son and what I could do to prepare him for the transition from home to the center. On this blog you will find tips that can help the process go much smoother for you and your child.


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Preschool Writing: Best Ways To Teach Your Little One To Write Their Own Name

by Sid Van Minnen

Are you a parent with a preschool-aged child and ecstatic about them learning to write? Perhaps you are looking forward to seeing their scribbles gradually form identifiable letters and words. If so, you may be wondering the best approach to introducing writing to your little one. The following information will help you understand some affordable and fun ways you can teach your child to write their name. 

Trace and Go

This is likely one of the ways that you have seen children learn to write their names. You may have even learned to write your own name by tracing it. However, you do not have to invest in workbooks and notebooks to encourage this skill. Invest in a small dry erase board, and allow your child to trace their name pattern.

You can also purchase an inexpensive pack of sheet protectors. Insert paper with your child's name printed several times inside of the sheet protectors. This will allow them to trace their name with dry erase markers. You can keep the pages in a binder and wipe the sheet protectors off so that they can be used again. This is a great take-along item for doctor's visits or similar errands.

Fun with Art Materials

If your child enjoys art or coloring, they may enjoy "painting" their name with water color paints. Another option is to use wet or dry ingredients that allow them to form their names in the materials. Even if your child cannot fully write their name, this is a way to get them used to using materials that can improve their fine motor skills. Shaving cream can be used as a wet material, and flour or cornstarch can be used as dry materials. Encourage your child to "write" their name in the selected materials using their fingertips or straws. 


The initial phases of your child learning to write their name is a cornerstone. You will see improvements the older they get. Continue to reinforce skills accomplished by having your child gradually rely on their own abilities to write their names rather than tracing it. You can still use the same materials mentioned, but transition into allowing your child to free-hand write on their own rather than tracing. 

A preschool provider is the best resource to use for additional tips that can help your child learn how to write. Introducing your child into a curriculum-based preschool is also an excellent way to early detect any potential learning issues. These centers may also be able to help your child learn to write via assistive devices if there are signs of delayed motor skills. To learn more, contact a preschool like Mendon Child Care Ctr