Schedule another conference with his teacher immediately. Find out what skills the kindergarten children were supposed to master in the class and how many of them your son has mastered. He may have a processing problem that the classroom teacher cannot identify. Make it clear that you do not want your son retained and put in writing that you want him tested for a learning disability. Do this before the end of the school year so a plan to help him is in place for next year. Also, it will give you ideas of how you can help him this summer.
In your search for a solution to your child's learning problems, be sure to have his vision and hearing checked and schedule an appointment with his doctor. This will enable you to get a medical opinion about why your son is having difficulty with certain learning skills.
Your son has several months to pick up the skills he needs for first grade, and you can help him this summer. Pick up ABC song tapes and alphabet books at the library and enjoy them together.
Begin to work with him on letter recognition. Work with one letter for several days. On those days, try and do activities that start with that letter -- even eating food that starts with the special letter. Then do fun activities together that will teach him the letter such as tracing the letter in sand and making cookie, pancake, and clay letters. Have him find the letter on cans and signs and in books. Be creative in finding different ways for him to see, write, say, and review each letter. Remember, learning should be fun at this age and involve a lot of hands-on activities. You will find many good ideas in our Activities Center.