A friend of mine has a son who is going into the first grade. She wanted me to test him to see if he is ready because she had some concerns at how far behind he was. Well, I tested him and he definitely needs a lot of help. * Knows 15/26 of uppercase letters *Knows 17/26 lowercase letters * only knows 7 of his letter sounds. Does not know vowel sounds. * Cannot blend sounds together to decode simple CVC words and if I blend them for him he still cannot identify the word. *is unable to identify the first and last sounds of words * only knows numbers 0-10. If is show him the number 15, he'll say "one, five." If I show him 24, he'll say, "two, four." He does not have any disabilities. I told her I would work with him two days a week for about 30 minutes. I will do it more often if I need to. I am a little overwhelmed at how behind he is and how short the summer is. My question is: Where do I start? What are the most important concepts I should work with him on first? As a first grade teacher, what would you like your students to know right off the bat?