Mibebebilingue - veo que estas pasando por una fase parecida a la nuestra en que tu hija está demostrando su propio interés en la lectura. Ahora puede ser el momento de complacerla y dejarla leer un poco. Las lecturas antes de acostarse son muy útiles sobre todo si puedes dejar que tu hija vea el texto. Nosotros nos tumbamos los dos en la cama boca arriba con el libro encima y así ella ve todo.
Yes, Raquel. It has been a case of trial and error. I wonder if your friends who taught their children to read English at a very early age gave a very lengthy and intensive course. I think that's the only way at that age. But, of course, why spend so much time and effort when it can be done much easier and faster when they're older. We can spend that time doing something else instead and everybody is happier.
Quite frankly, Raquel, there still remains a little bit of a mystery in all this. You say:
she'll be able to extrapolate the reading rules to words she's not familiar with, even if no one ever taught her these rules
. Indeed my daughter is reading words and I'm not sure how she learnt them. Not only that, and this is something I didn't mention in the article, she reads words correctly she doesn't
know the meaning of. The Cat in the Hat contains some words she has never seen before yet she will be familiar with the phonetics as they share similar phoneme patterns as other words in the book:
"I will show to you now.
You will like these two things,
said the cat with a bow."
After reading this perfectly, then she asked "what is bow?" OK, you say, it rhymes with "now" but I don't get the impression she is really aware of the rhyme when she analyses a word. If the word was "go" she would say "go" not "gow". I believe, as you said, she is implicitly recognising phoneme patterns and applying them to unknown words. As this book is cleverly structured and avoids exceptions eg. "mow" "flow" etc., Carmen doesn't run into problems applying her own rules yet. But they are her own rules - I never taught that. Again, such metalinguistic intelligence is way out of reach of three and four year olds, which means they would need a disproportionate amount of extra instruction to equal what a seven year old does almost automatically.
Thanks for your comments, ladies!