Hi. M daughter is 3.5 years old. I started her on the doman method with sight words from about 20 months, on and off. She is now reading easy readers and recognises lots of small words outside of context of a book, like my, and, the, said, dad, live, etc. Maybe 50+ words in total.
I was really pleased with how she is going until her kindy teacher spoke with me the other day. She said she is behind in her writing and believes it is because she has been taught to memorise words rather than work them out phonetically. She does know the sounds of the letters, but I know we need to do more work on that and practice building words now like sat, cat, bat, etc. She is only just now showing signs of starting to be able to put the sounds together.
I'm interested in opinions on the way they teach literacy. She says they DON'T teach reading. Instead they teach phonics, and they focuses on getting the kids to write. They will draw a picture and say "ok, now write about what you have drawn." My daughter will say "I dont' know how" because of course she doesn't know how! (she can write a few letters), whereas the other kids just either do scribbles or write whatever letters they know. The teacher reckons in time as they get good at their phonics, they will just naturally start to from real words (not with correct spelling) and then once they get to a certain point with their reading, they give them a book and the child will be able to read it without having been taught how to read.
I saw examples of the other childrens' work so I believe it works, however I don't want to give up on the progress we have made so far with her reading. But I also don't want her to have problems at school/kindy because of how I'm teaching her at home.
I guess this boils down to the phonics/whole word debate, but with the writing aspect brought into it. Just after anyone's ideas - if your child has learnt to read and write this way. Or if your child had trouble learning to write after being taught whole words first. The teacher is concerned she won't try to write a word if she doesn't already know how to spell it but I can understand my daughter saying she doesn't know how to if she doesn't even know how to write the letters first.
Any input would be most appreciated!
ETA - We love the preschool she's at and there are no other real options around here.