Kindergarten Readiness - Uppercase and Lowercase Memory

Thursday, June 16, 2016

 Cohen has grown leaps and bounds over the past year.  His teachers were AMAZING and I am so thankful that we made the decision to move him to this class once Remy was born.  But as a teacher I know how kids can spend an entire year working hard to reach their goals only to come back the following school year and digress from where they once were.  While I don't plan on being Sergent Teacher with Cohen, I do think it is important we spend some time each week practicing our literacy and math skills.

Since I've been an educator for ten years, making games and activities for Cohen is my second nature.  I literally can whip these puppies out in no time, print them off and laminate them for future wear and tear.  Today I wanted to share a printable game I made to help Cohen practice his uppercase-lowercase letter recognition.  Now, while knowing your alphabet is a vital part of early literacy, knowing the appropriate sounds that associate with those letters is what matters even more.  You can't grow a reader if they don't know what short a says or how to blend those letters together to make a word.  So with Cohen, whenever we play a letter recognition game he has to name the letter AND tell me the sound. 

Here is how you play Uppercase-Lowercase Memory

1.  Print off the cards and cut them apart.  This is a great activity to do with your Kinder kid.  Cohen has safety scissors so I'll start cutting apart the rows and let him cut apart the cards.  We then glued them on cardstock (because we didn't have enough index cards) before we started the game.

2.  Mix up the cards and lay them out in rows.  The OCD in me makes sure they are equal and even rows.

3.  Take turns flipping over two cards.  If you get a match, you have to name the letter AND say the sound of that letter in order to keep your pair.
(We also named the letters each time we flipped them over - just extra practice while you play!)

4.  If you get it correct, go again.  If not, put the cards back and try again next time!

5.  The player with the most matches at the end wins.

The trick with any kid is to make learning fun!  Games and other hands-on activities are far more effective than worksheets - trust me.  And by having your Kinder kid help you make the game, you are incorporating fine motor skills and allowing them to take ownership of it. 

Sharing is caring, so feel free to print and play.  Just don't forget to share the love.  :)



  1. Too bad my kids aren't little anymore, because this looks like a fun way to learn. I have a 9 year old going into 4th grade. I'm a substitute teacher. He reads every day, does a couple of pages in a workbook, and practices his math facts with flashcards.

  2. I also love that the kids at Phoenix preschool are from all different backgrounds. Having that diversity is important to me. Growing up in diverse environment really helps the kids.