If your child’s school is using sight words instead of intensive phonics for teaching reading, this is how the text of even a simple children’s book would look to your child. The child might be able to pick up a few words here and there. The child might figure out that the story had something to do with a farmer, a door, and a floor. If there were any pictures, the child might look to them for clues. But the child would not be able to draw any meaning from the text itself. In other words, your child would not really be able to read.