I am compelled to write this review in RESPONSE to SUSIE from WV above. I have used this curriculum with my oldest son (12), and middle daughter (11)... it is Excellence. They were reading at a 3rd grade level by 6 1/2 and 7 years old respectively. (By the way, one was very reluctant!) It is too bad you judge so harshly. Of course, ALL the letter sounds possible are addressed but not at pre-school / K level! Can you imagine how confused the little ones would be? As the program progresses the 'different' sounds are not just introduced, but throroughly understood so that future multiple problems in pronounciation and spelling are virtually eliminated! It is the most thorough program, clear and correct, and true understanding is the result. I plan on using it again with our now 4 year old.
i used this curriculum years ago with all six of my children and was very pleased with the results. All six were reading pretty well within 3 months of using the program. I liked the progression from short vowel sounds to the long vowels. Through songs the program makes reading appealing and natural in a sense. The raceway concept gets the competitive attention of the male gender.The 'odd' sounds or rule breakers such 'oo' 'er' 'ch'. I believe it lays a sound enough foundation to get 4 and 5 year olds off to a good start. Each reader matches the level of learning and readiness which in turn foster a sense of accomplishment and achievement.I love it! i am looking at using the program for tutoring.
I was considering this program for my preschooler until I listened to the songs. They don't teach all the letter sound in the all the letter sounds song. G says /g/ and /j/ but only /g/ was taught. U says /u/ /U/ and /oo/ as in 'put'. But only the first two were taught. Same with O, it say /o/ /O/ and /OO/ as in 'to'. Another song taught faulty phonics rule. "Two Vowels" said that when two vowels are together the first one says the letter name. This only works 25% of the time. What is a child to do when he encounter the words 'steak', 'their', 'our', 'tour', 'famous'early', 'pauper', 'fruit', 'bread', 'food', 'took', 'boil'. Incomplete, slow and faulty phonics does not set a good foundation. I will stick with Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri. It isn't as visually appealing and fun for my preschooler but at least her foundation will be solid.
We finally finished this program today. We have enjoyed it the last two years so much I wanted to be sure to tell others. We started this program after so many failures with other curriculum. Everything else we tried was so flat & boring. This has lots of color, music, games and holds kids attention. There is so much to do and learn. We started off not knowing how to read at all and worked up to reading with confidence. My dd is very hard to please and hard to captivate. That makes buying curriculum a bit of a project. This program took her from literally crying to loving to read. As a parent/teacher I had NO Prep!! None! Each day we just pick up where we left off and follow the guide. I could go on and on. It really does take (atleast) 2 years to get through. It starts with just learning the letters and their sounds all the way to learning letter clusters and everything in between. The cost seems high, but you really get a lot of stuff and it covers a lot. We started at 5 yo and finished at 7 1/2 yo. Five Stars!!