Letter of the week- Your whole family can get involved in creating meals, decorations, songs, and games.
Most importantly create a letter of the week book.
Have your child create a book representing artifacts he/she chooses representative of the letter of the week.
You do not have to buy things for this activity. It is better to use what you have around the house to show your child that reading and letters are around them all the time and not special additions.
Read the letter of the week books from prior weeks to reinforce the letters learned. Connecting letters to the meaningful experiences your child has had with them will help them retain their newly acquired knowledge.
Read- Daily reading leads to academic achievement
Read to your child every day.
Encourage your child to read to you even if he/she is telling the story through the illustrations or a book they have memorized.
Have your child finish sentences, point to letters, and share the sounds letters make in words.
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I teach in a computer lab and have Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students. I use www.starfall.com to teach the ABC's. It is a wonderful site that the students can explore on their own. There is one section that has the letters in it. They click on that section and stay there. They can click on any letter that they want. The letter comes up and tells the sound and shows pictures of things that start with that letter. They click on whatever sparkles and that sets the page in motion. It is fun and the students really do learn their letters and sounds.
Starfall is a great resource. My only trepidation with Starfall is that children begin to associate reading with words only instead of meaningful connections and discussions as would occur when a child works through reading skills with a parent. I like Starfall as a resource but believe parent interaction in the process is key to a commitment to reading.