There are stages that some parents go through when teachers tell them that their child is working below level. This is a good post to bookmark to read before you conference with a parent about this topic.
On Monday, I ask the kids to look for items around the classroom and at home to feed to the sound muncher the next day! The sound muncher is a great way to review phonics skills, and I like to put him at the word work center for the kids to draw and label the objects they find inside! To get your own sound muncher, visit the kids hamper section at Target!