I love explode the code,and I needed something to help my daughter with reading comprehension. This meets that nees. the only thing i did find was the lesson and story were a little long and I cant really break it up because I dont think she would remember what she read the next day.
I have an older 2nd grader, who will be 8 the whole school year. Reading has been a drag for her until we started the Explode the Code series this year and also supplemented with Beyond the Code. The Beyond the Code series has been an excellent supplement to her Explode the Code books. We started with Beyond the Code 1 at the beginning of the school year and she's already half way through Beyond the Code 2 in Dec., and actually enjoys reading and writing now! Bk 2 has longer stories than Bk 1, but the set up is the same with a preview of new words, practice spelling, rhyming, & reviewing old words before reading the really funny stories. The plan is to finish all 4 books as she finishes them, despite the grade she's in. They're pretty quick books. I wish they were a little bigger, so they'd last longer, but my daughter feels awesome every time she completes a book & looks forward to starting a new one. Kuddos to the Explode the Code Team for a job well done! This series is highly recommended either as a supplement to the Explode the Code bks or just for fun on the side.