I've been doing Phonics with Norah pretty intensely the last few days. We will practice for a while before nap times or bedtime. She isn't eager to practice, never has been, so I let her choose to go on to bed or practice Phonics. She always chooses Phonics!
We are using Handbook for Reading published by Abeka. She is further along in the book than ever before and is reading simple words and sentences without any help at all. I am very excited, since reading, in my estimation, is one of, if now the most important skill I will ever teach her. She'll be able to teach herself anything else as long as she can read about it.