Does Phonics Really Matter? Can We Read Without It?

You may have seen this before.  It is a paragraph where all the letters are mixed up, but most people are still able to read it.  So does phonics really matter?  I was able to read it and so was my husband.    I decided to see if my 6 year old would have the same ease.  I think she did pretty well.  You can see it here.  First, take a turn reading it yourself.

Basically, what this means is that we use phonics to read new and unfamiliar words, but we read mostly by sight reading, which means we have committed the words to memory.  It is an interesting exercise, nonetheless.  So does phonics really matter?  Yes it does, but sight reading becomes key as well.

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