While Ada will be gone in the afternoons, we'll still have a whole morning together to play and learn. Part of that learning will be practicing reading together.
Ada has successfully made it through all 5 levels of Hooked on Phonics, but not without multiple starts and stops, and a little bit of bribing.
The problem isn't that she doesn't like stories. She loves to be read to and listen to audio stories.
The problem isn't that she can't read. When she has a positive attitude she's a great reader and feels really proud of herself.
The problem is that reading isn't easy for her. She wants to be proficient but she's not there yet. Reading is hard work in those early stages.
I've read some research that says if parents make the learning-to-read process overly stressful, it can have negative effects on life-long reading habits. While I keep that in the back of my head, I also know that I can't let Ada just quit something because it doesn't come easy.
Instead, I'm trying to fun books that are easy enough to not stress her out, yet FUN to read (honestly, not a whole lot of easy reader books fall in that category).