Did anyone else here learn to read without phonics, aka Whole Language reading? Is anyone still using it (schools, home schoolers) in a mainstream setting?
My YDD will be using this method to learn to read because she cannot hear the sounds necessary to use phonics. Essentially, words have no sound for her. Rather she will learn whole words by sight instead of sounding them out.
The more I look into it, the more I like the idea and would like to use it with my ODD at home. She will get phonics at school, but I think applying whole language would be a great help in learning to read - focus on the actual word rather than what they sound like.