Most children entering kindergarten and first grade have mastered letter names and sounds. However, without review, those skills fade in the summer months. This summer learning loss leads to an achievement gap that widens as a child gets older.
Here are two ways you can help—and have fun with your child at the same time. First, make two copies of the letter grid found on the following link. Cut out one set of letters and use them as flash cards. Assess which letter names and sounds your child needs to review. (HINT: BE CERTAIN YOUR CHILD CAN IDENTIFY THE LETTERS IN HIS OR HER NAME.)
Next, read books that support letters your child needs to learn. Ask your child to find the targeted letter as you read. Here is a list of suggested books to match each letter of the alphabet.