Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Name Recognition Craft


When Nolan tries to spell his name, he always says, "M-O-L-A-M." That pesky /N/ sound is very close to the /N/ sound. We try to emphasize the difference in the sound, but unless he watches our mouths, he has no clue whether we are saying "N" or "M."

Luckily, Nolan recognizes most of the written letters, so I can use this knowledge to support his understanding of the sounds in his name.

I decided to recycle some old magazines into a mosaic name craft. I wrote his name onto cardboard, then cut squares from old magazines. We separated the squares by color, then applied them to the cardboard with watered down glue. As we were applying the green squares to the first N, I would say, "We're turning the N green. N says nnnnn. N is for Nolan!"


When we were done, I cut out the dried letters to round out the edges, and put them on construction paper. I sealed it with clear contact paper and placed it over Nolan's bed. He's quite proud of his name, and hopefully he'll start learning his name as "Nolan" rather than "Molam!"

8 comments:

Amie said...

So so creative.Love the idea!

rouchi said...

Oooh that is really cute and beautiful piece of work.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I think about that /m/ and /n/ confusion still every day. My daughter says "reNember" and misses it in a bunch of other words. It's tricky but it's amazing that even at such a young age it helps them to see it written down.

Your craft is lovely too!

Miss Kat's Parents said...

Have you considered adding a little fingerspelling with your speech? If he isn't hearing the difference you could say "Nolan" and show the "n" sign. You could show the difference between the two sounds visually.

leah said...

Melissa, that is one of our tactics- we will show the letter sign at the same time that we say the letter. This is when cued speech would be of benefit, too...

tammy said...

Love this craft! I've filed it away for a future lesson and craft idea!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Love his name mosaic! It looks somehow very Eric Carle :D

Those pesky m's and n's! Joey - my son made the exact same mistake... reNember.

He also substituted "f" for "th". You know, "I want a baf, in the baftub."

I did correct him some of the time (without pestering him to death) but most of those mispronunciations dropped away as he learned to read.

Nolan is doing wonderfully! Good job Nolan, and good job Mom(!) and Dad, and Matthew :D

Kimmy K said...

Great idea, I am totally doing this with Grey pronto! (He still calls himself Dre even though he can produce a good G now. What's up with that?