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Day 24: Teach Your Child to Know and Pronouce His or Her Last Name

Here is another learning activity adapted from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for the school or homeschool environment.

~ Pronouncing Their Last Name ~

  • Say your child’s name often and have him/her repeat it.
  • Play “The Phone Game” — The phone game is played by pretending to talk to your child on the phone.  During the conversation, ask your child their first and last name.
  • Play “The Door Game” — You and your child stand on opposite sides of the door. One person knocks and the other person asks, “Who is there?” Use first and last names when responding to the question.
  • Have your child introduce him/herself using their whole name when they meet people.
  • Write your child’s full name in print.  Show it to your child and say his or her name pointing to each work as you say it.  Then, have your child repeat it.
  • Ask your child his/her name often.

For more ideas on developing reading readiness skills visit

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