Making lap books are actually a lot of fun to do. You will find that it will help young children learn to spell their names if you take the time to practice with them everyday. Once you make the lap book it will be up to you as the parent to ensure that you go over it with them. Below you will find the instructions on how to assemble your spelling lap book.
First you will need a normal folder. You can use a manila folder or a colored folder, with no pockets inside. Lay the folder out flat and on the top you will want to use different colored index cards or name tag stickers for each letter of their name. Be sure to start with a capital letter and show them how their name should be written. I have found using black permanent marker works best for this particular project.
On the bottom half of the folders you will want to glue an envelope. Just place a little bit of glue around the edges and on the corners of the envelope. Next use some more index cards and right the letters in their name again, and cut the letters out. Be sure to leave the flap open. Inside of the envelope you will want to put your cut out letters. Each time they take out their name folder they will want to take the letters out of the envelope. They will need to try and match up the letters in the envelope with the letters on the top of the lap book. This is really a great way to help your child practice writing their name. They will have lots of fun especially if they get help from mommy. When they are done matching up the letters in their name, you can have them put all of their letters into the envelope and put the folder away.
It really is that simple to make and the best part is that after doing this for one or two weeks your child should have no problem spelling their name. The same can be done with their last name after they have learned their first name. After they have shown you that they remember how to spell their name you can have them write the letters under the other letters. This will give them a head start on how to write their name. I have found that breaking up the two is really a great idea.