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My daughter is 4.5 years old and beginning to read, mostly on her own. She learned the letter sounds and we played some verbal phonics games and then she picked it up.
She does well with basic CVC phonics, but now she is asking what everything says and trying to sound everything out. We did the first set of BOB books, and I answer her questions and help her sound things out, but what now? She needs more rules than the basic CVC and short vowels.
Do I try to explicity teach her to read? I've got The Reading Lesson workbook by Levin and we could work through that. Or, at this age, should I just let her continue to puzzle out the rules on her own and not provide formal instruction? Shouldn't she be playing instead?
She really, really wants to read. And I should add, she's started writing on her own - words, sentences, lists, short (very short) stories and making up her own phonetic spellings. The girl wants to be literate!
What now? To teach or not to teach at this age?