Songs That Help Your Child Spell Her Name

By Dana Tuffelmire
Singing is an engaging way to learn.
Singing is an engaging way to learn.

Children begin to grasp the concept of letters early in life. Many toddlers and preschoolers start by learning how to spell their own name. Teaching your child a song to help spell her name is a fun, engaging way for her to learn. Set the stage for future literacy learning by singing, dancing and whooping it up kid-style.

Name-o

The classic kids' song "Bingo" provides a perfect framework for incorporating your child's name. Remember to drop a letter each time you repeat a verse, substituting it with a clap.

There was a girl who was so smart and Mandy was her name-o.

M-A-N-D-Y, M-A-N-D-Y, M-A-N-D-Y and Mandy was her name-o.

Spell, Spell, Spell Your Name

Teach your child to spell her name with a catchy tune modeled after "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Introduce the song by singing it to your child while buckling her into her car seat, washing her hair or tying her shoes. Soon she'll be singing right along.

Spell, spell, spell your name one letter at a time.

L-I-L-Y

Spelling is divine!

Chant It

Most kids love to yell, the louder the better. Why not give your child permission to voice the letters in her name as loud as she desires with a chant. Lead your child in a call and response chant by shouting with enthusiasm.

Gimme an S! Gimme an A! Gimme an R! Gimme an A! Gimme an H!

What's it spell?

Sarah! Sarah!

S-A-R-A-H speeeeells Sarah!

I Can Spell My Name

Teach your child a simple song to a familiar tune so she'll focus on the words instead of the song. A seven-letter name fits best to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," but shorter or longer names can easily be adapted.

S-U-Z-A-N-N-A, That’s my name, that’s my name. S-U-Z-A-N-N-A, I can spell my name.

About the Author

Dana Tuffelmire has been writing for DMS for three years. She taught elementary school for seven years and earned a master’s of education degree with a specialization in literacy. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two sons. Her dream is to one day write a children's book.