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I have been observing a child in the group today who is 40 months old, who has had little problem saying/spelling cvc words, but more than that she is instinctively reading so much more than this, some words/phrases may very well be from memory, she does have a phenomenal memory for one so young, her mum says she does read some of the Read it Yourself type books at home, and today she was trying to sound out words she did not know, such as trick, but worked out the words looking, visiting, enjoyed.

We are pre-school, I do not have a teaching degree, my teacher left this summer, so it is just level 3's and a 5 now. I am not sure what to do for the best for this child.

Any help would be gratefully received thank you.

 

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Not sure if this is what you want but I have had a couple of children land with me in the past who could read phenomenally well. What they needed was lots of opportunities to demonstrate their understanding - they were essentially just decoding. I did activities to develop their story telling skills to - so using pictures/puppets/masks to make up their own stories around. Lots of discussion around the books and discussion of questions like "If you were trapped in a cellar/up a tree etc. etc. etc." what would you do?

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Well we aren't attached to any kind of school, but the member of staff who was a teacher who left us in July I can talk to and probably will. Yes she isn't writing yet - and why should she be, but she was a late walker etc. and it would seem that her physical abilities need to be worked on, so we are trying to do that, she mark makes play writing, so pretends she is taking orders or writing a shopping list etc. Her maths is of a pretty good standard, we are happy with that, she is a friendly girl and very imaginative.

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It is making sure they can understand what they read too, not just what we call 'barking at print' I think by allowing them opportunities to experience simple phonics games and spending some time 1:1 to meet individual needs you are supporting enough. If you have plenty of print in the environment this too will allow opportunities for decoding and reading skills.

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