Yes, I think it does help a lot and demystifies the Dolch list quite a bit, for me. I certainly can understand a child’s need to memorize a word such as “the”, when first reading in even the most strictly phonics-laced plan. I remember learning sight words, over fifty years ago, in first grade, along with many we were required to sound out. I can even grant that calling some phonetic words “site words” because they require greatly advanced phonics, would be okay, to a point. My confusion was in calling simple phonetic words by that name, when they are simple and phonetic.
I do believe all children should be exposed to both phonics and site reading. The combination both builds groundwork and adds wings, in my experience.
Thanks for taking time to explain and to answer my questions.
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