I had to add my 2 cents since this book has good reviews here. I used this for about 30 pages. Unless you live in the region where this book is published, don't bother. In the beginning of the book, your child is supposed to see a picture of a fish and think "bass", and a little while later think the same picture is a fish. There are also other dialectical words, such a "pop" for soda. I really liked the price of the book. Now that I'm switching to a new phonics book, it's money lost. We did about 30 pages of this book before I gave up in frustration. It's been about 10 months since I switched away from it, so I don't recall every detail. Until there is a seriously updated version, I'd stick with MCP plaid, explode the code, or any other phonics that you like. This will frustrate you will it's lack of attention to detail.
My 4-year-old daughter has been using this book to learn to read and has been having great success with it. She is easily distracted and the two-color pages have been great for holding her attention but not overstimulating her. She is learning letter sounds, blends, and digraphs as well as writing, which to me is a complete package for a young child. I use the four readers (sold separately) to go along with it, and she loves them. This program is simple, thorough, and effective, without being cartoony and distracting. Great product!
We do like the simplicity of this program and especially the cost. I did purchase the teachers manual, the student book, and the cards. I love the cards and would purchase them again....but, most definitely suggest purchasing the four phonics readers which accompany this curriculum. My daughter LOVES the readers as they give her such a sense of accomplishment. I do supplement this curriculum with a set of beginner sight word cards I purchased separately. Teacher involvement is obviously heavy and should be expected in any program for it to be successful. I like this program well enough to purchase level B....price is right, pages are durable and colorful enough, content is thorough.
I really enjoy this curriculum! It is so easy to use, and my daughter is catching on very quickly! She already knew most of her letter sounds coming into Kindergarten, but this format helps her connect the sounds and feel confident about reading! I am very glad I did not spend the extra money for a more expensive curriculum when this one is working for us like a dream!
These are basic worksheets to use with a reading book. They match up well with "Noah Webster's reading handbook". They are black and white but do have lots of pictures. They are thorough and get the job done, but I have found they do not engage the child. My daughter will only do one side of a worksheet daily and cries if I suggest she do more. Still, they do a good job teaching for a great price and are definitely worth the money. But, if you have a child that needs some excitement--songs, poems, color--to keep them sitting and engaged, this is not the curriculum for you.