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  1. Joyful Learner
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    We do a lot of co-reading also. I think it's ideal because then you can model and you can also see where your child needs help. But when I'm too busy, I find her reading on her own which is sweet also.Does Bear read mostly by sight or does she break down words too? I'm trying to get JC to break down words but she tends to memorize whole words instead. I like the homemade stencil. That can be quite useful for so many things!

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  2. The girl who painted
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    I'd say she memorizes whole words because a lot of times it seems like she is "guessing" and putting a word that doesn't work. She usually catches herself though (she notices that the word she said doesn't match the print) and then will try to sound out. She doesn't seem to like breaking them down though.

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  3. Joyfulmama
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    I've been reading Mem Fox's Reading Magic and love how she encourages children to read by sight as it builds confidence in reading. She argues that phonic reading will follow naturally from this. We've been casually doing this with our 32 month old daughter, and she keeps amazing me as she starts to recognise more and more words. I don't think it is bad if they guess, either – it takes a great deal of grammatical skill to do that, and if a child can guess a word because of clues from the rest of the sentence, I think it shows that she understands the meaning of what she is 'reading', which I believe has a lot more value than being able to phonetically sound out words at a young age.

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  4. Raising a Happy Chil
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    Anna reads by sight too despite learning to read through phonics approach. I liked the picture of her in a colorful costume. It sounds like she is doing great – both at school and at home.

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  5. Christie - Childhood
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    I love the look of your thankful tree,I think we might have to make one too.

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