I feel that Alice is really starting to improve now, with more fluency with shorter words and a good ability to decode harder words automatically. Previously if a word looked unknown, she would simply give up, saying she didn’t know what the word was. She does not seem to see that she is improving yet, and still lack in confidence, but I hope that over time she will realise she is getting there. Alice is now correctly decoding the words in the Name Place game, whereas at the beginning I had to skip it completely because she was very distressed by it.
Alice has recently read her first book independently, and she was very proud to have done so. She even told her school teacher and brought the book in class to present it to her peers.