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Hi Mystic Mama,
It isn't clear from your message how old your daughter is and whether she is playing at reading or really reading. My granddaughter is five. She went through a stage for a while where she would "read" by reciting a book. Currently she is busy accumulating the letters of the alphabet, practicing writing them, and spotting them around. As long as most of the impetus is coming from her, her enthusiastic waldorf parents don't worry about it.
Personally I think exposing children to books, even from an early age is really not a problem. Books are life-enriching, overall. I grew up in a very intellectual family. There were five of us and we all learned to read at different ages. If we learned on our own, my parents were fine with that. If we hadn't learned by about half way through first grade they started pushing. By today's standards that is very laid back but by waldorf standards it is rushing it.
Anyway, relax, you can't undo whatever has already been done. Look at where your daughter is, try to see if she is leaning too far in one way or another (for her age) and then try to bring in activities for balance. For example, a child who is a heavy reader at age 5 would probably benefit from more physical activity and imaginative play. A child who is very physically active but doesn't do much make-believe might benefit from storytelling. And so on.
Grandmother to Stella and Loren