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SEASONED HOMESCHOOL MAMAS!!! Is basic phonics/whole word approach something that works long term? I’m talking long term, not I just finished the program and we loved it. Down the road will my kids be able to read words that are hard without knowing all the phonics rules? It’s hard to let go of intense phonics without knowing we will be okay. I’m thinking of making the switch from AAR to Delightful Reading. One child is past level three for DR so we would switch to the pathway readers and the other would be starting DR level 1.Tamara BellModerator
While I didn’t use Delightful Reading with my older two children, I did use a more gentle phonics approach (I’m starting DR with child #3 now). Yes, it works. Do you sound out every new word or think back to phonics rules every time you read? I don’t. My oldest is entering 8th grade and he reads well as does my 7th grader. As you read you become familiar with words, the ways in which particular letters blend, etc. Reading new words becomes almost 2nd nature.Tamara BellModerator
I keep rolling your question over in my mind. Continually I am reminded of kings of old, those that came to the new world on the Mayflower, our founding fathers and their wives, Abraham Lincoln, and so on. Many of them were educated at home and some basically taught themselves to read yet went on to write incredible journals, documents, and papers. I wonder how many of them had an intensive phonics approach or an approach that looked more like what CM advocated?
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