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Purpose of the Game:
- Their name is important to them. To see their name in writing is validating.
- They are visually matching the letters and the order.
- In words, letters have an order that they have to be in. They're learning that the "M" has to be first in Marla and that "a" has to be last.
- It can be the first time that a child really looks at letters.
- 3 x 5 index cards, unlined
- Wide tip black marker
Playing the Game:
- Write each letter of the child's name on an index card, making sure to use a capital for the first letter and lowercase for all other letters.
- Repeat this, so that you have two copies of the name.
- While the child is watching, you place each letter card on the table in order, from left to right, constructing the name.
- "This is the first letter in your name and it always goes over here."
- "Let's count how many letters are in your name. Where's the first letter? Where's the last one?"
- Keep this model of the name on the table.
- Now place the other set of cards on the table, under the model, but with the letters mixed up, out of order.
- The child will put the letter cards in order, left to right, to reconstruct their name.
- "Wow! You did it! You were looking very carefully!"
- After several successful rounds of this game, you may choose to not show the model of the name.
- This game can be played with magnetic letters instead of cards.
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