A confession: I've been trying to get Summy to learn to read for the past two years, even though I would never have admitted it. I'm for education with no pressure. I mean, what difference is it going to make in a couple of years whether she reads now or not?
But somehow, I expected her to be an early reader. I bought her leappads, workbooks, beginning reader books and so on.
It reminds me of the time when I was little and tried to teach my cat to sing: Sa re ga ma..... (sadly, this is not a joke. I even thought my cat was learning to sing, slowly but surely.)
Summy takes special pleasure in watching me trying to explain the rules of phonics to her. I'm a terrible teacher, though I didn't know that before.
So she says, "E says A? No, A says A."
I say "A says Ah."
"No, O says Oh."
There are a lot of sounds that I can't explain to her, but C and K are the best.
She says, "K for kat!"
I say, "No, C for cat!"
"K says kh! too."
"But C is for cat."
"C for ckitchen!"
And so on. She gets C and K wrong (or maybe, right) with a naughty smile everytime. "K for Kake", "C for Ckite", "K for Kandy" (Note to @: You involved in this?).
At this point, I give up. Her teachers will teach her when they teach her, and they'll teach her the right way. No big deal - if she doesn't learn to read in preskool, she will learn it in Ckindergarten.