There is a post at The Snail's Trail today about "labeling the environment"--one of those professional early childhood phrases. If you're interested, please see this post for some info about this practice.
We don't label random things in our home like lamps, doors, tables, etc., but if Gerrick ever decides that he wants to do that then we'd certainly encourage him. However, we do label things that make logical sense to him and us. For example, we've been labeling his toy bins since before he was two. Here is one of our first labels that is still being used...
As you can see, we labeled with a photo and the word. Gerrick participated in picking things for the photos (you can even see his little finger in this pic.)
As he got older, I started labeling new toy baskets with only the words. These have meaning for him because he looks at them to try to figure out where things go when cleaning up--especially when he finds himself with a pile of toys and 2-3 completely empty baskets.
Lately he's asked me to make labels for things on his nature shelves. Anytime something like this comes up, I encourage him to write the label himself. So far he's refused because he wants the word to look "right"--he doesn't like how his writing looks.
Do you label your home?