During kindergarten, kids take important steps on the path toward reading, and you help stretch those steps so they're more like leaps and bounds. Once your child can recognize the letters of the alphabet, you may want to start practicing simple word recognition. Here's a fun and easy way to make the transition from letter mastery to word building.
What You Do:
On one set of index cards, write some simple words that are easy to represent visually.
On another set, draw or cut out magazine pictures that illustrate the words you have chosen.
Lay all the cards on the table, face up, and have your child match each word to the corresponding picture.
You could also try some name recognition by using photographs of your child, siblings, friends, relatives, and so on. Write each person's name on an index card and have your child match the photos to the appropriate name cards.
Soon, your child will be matching words and images in a flash, and his confidence and ability to recognize basic words will skyrocket!