At the beginning of the school year, I am always surprised to find out how many kids come into class, without having learned their personal information! Very often, they only know some of their information like Mom’s first name or the name of the Street they live on. But knowing some information and not all is like having 2 locks on your front door but only 1 key – you just can’t get in! Therefore, learning all parts of personal information is an essential life skill.
Certainly, our personal information defines who we are, where we live, where we go to school and how our family and friends can find us to text, talk or visit. This info helps us communicate with other people and it can help keep us safe in an emergency.
Above all, teaching children to learn how to share and write their complete personal information is a super important life skill for all kids and one that’s very easy to teach.
When we teach kids to learn their personal information it is critical that we teach them who they can share it with and who they cannot. Furthermore, IT’S NEVER OKAY FOR KIDS TO SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION ONLINE OR ON ANY FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA!
WHAT BASIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD KIDS KNOW?
Elementary Students & Some Students with Special Needs
- First Name, Last Name, Middle Initial
- Date of Birth: Month, Day & Year
- Address: House or Building Number, Street Name, City, State & Zip Code
- Parents’ Full Names
- Parents’ Phone Numbers
- School Name
- Teacher’s Name
- Room Number
Older Kids & Some Kids with Special Needs
All the information above, PLUS…
- Their Phone Number
- School Address
- School Phone Number
I use this EDITABLE Personal Information Form.
HOW TO TEACH PERSONAL INFORMATION
For some students, learning personal information will be an easy exercise in simple memorization, for others not so much.
And for students who may struggle with memorization and retention try these strategies:
- Break the Task Down into Smaller Steps
- Provide Visuals like laminated cards on student desks
- Practice Rote Learning Techniques: Write and Re-write, Say & Repeat, Review, Review, Review
- Use Questioning & Conversational Techniques: What city do you live in?
- Try Meaningful Learning Techniques: Take your kids on a community walk; find house numbers and street signs with street names, discuss your city and state, & why we need a zip code.
If you need some Editable Class Forms or ID CARDS check out these Ready to Go options.
What other strategies and techniques do you have for teaching students their personal information? I’d love to hear from you!