Your daughter's school will expect her to have some basic skills when she enters kindergarten and probably has a checklist naming these skills. You should look at this list as it will help you judge for yourself how well prepared your child really is for kindergarten.
Children have their own learning clocks. When your daughter is ready, she will remember the correct order of the letters in her name and be able to count without a number out of place. Guard against pushing her to acquire skills before she is ready.
As far as numbers go, don't expect your child to count beyond ten. If your child is truly interested in learning to write her name, do the following steps in order, and stay on each step until your daughter has mastered it:
- Teach her how to print the letters in her name. The letters can be taught in any order. Be sure to tell her the names of the letters.
- Teach her to print only the first letter as a capital letter.
- Print your child's name and have her trace over these letters several times with a pencil, crayon, or marking pen. You can even have her trace the letters in sand.
- Use dots to write her name, and then have her connect the dots.
- Print her name, and have her copy it under the letters you have written. She should say each letter as she writes it. If your daughter has a name that can be sounded out, you can teach the sounds of the different letters.
- Ask your child to write her name without looking at a model.