Although you may find that your DD learns by sight rather than phonics - definitely do the phonics, as she'll need it at school, but if you find you're losing her interest, you can always just learn some fun words. My DD doesn't really get phonics yet, but enjoys learning favourite words (pink, princess, witch, butterfly and so on).
Marathonmama, a phoneme is the proper term for letter sound. So C would be 'cuh' for example.
The jolly phonics books start with the letter sounds for S A T I P N, so once they've learnt these sounds they can read lots of words from combinations of these letters.
I bought a set of jolly phonics books for teaching the basic letter sounds (phonemes) and also the sounds they need to learn to decode more complex words.
2 letters 1 sound, is called a digraph (I think), so SH would be read as sshhh, for example, and they can then move onto words like shop etc. you teach them to segment the word into the 3 sounds 'sshh' 'o' 'puh'.
That's really helpful, thanks all. stitch I'll look at the jolly phonics stuff as I have no idea what I'm doing, I'd never heard of a phoneme or cvc word so will have a look. I'm just going to do a word or two a day, I don't want to push it and put her off.
Yes, its ok to go ahead with it if she is interested and likes reading. There is nothing like you have to do what you daycare is doing or teaching. And I would say that it is a very good indication of your child's development.
My lovely DD is 3.5yo and has started to read. Only three letter words (cat, dog etc) but she's getting really good at it. Should I encourage this? Her nursery doesn't do anything (they don't even teach letters until next year) and I don't want to teach her incorrectly only to find that her school has to correct her learning. Any thoughts? Thanks!