I really like this book and am using it as a complement to The Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading. My only complaint would be that some of the pictures are somewhat vague looking but otherwise it gets the job done!
My kids LOVE Explode the Code!!! Before I began homeschooling 3 years ago, my children attended public school. My 1st grader at the time was stuggling in reading terribly. When I decided to homeschool, I found these Explode the Code treasures! Well, he has taken off in reading and is now on Book 5 and LOVES it!! He can't wait to do school and I know it is because the confidence he has gained with Explode the Code. I have started my other younger children with Explode the Code as well and they feel the same way!! I would highly recommend this series of books!
I recently started homeschooling my kindergartner, who had pre-k at public school and 1/2 of K at public school. When reading, she would guess at words, I assume that's how they teach the kids - look at the picture and first letter and guess. So I had to train her to sound out the words and look at every letter. This book has been amazing! She is half way through and can read complete sentences and sound out words on her own and is again excited about reading! I've never taught anyone to read and was quite freaked about the prospect, but this book was a great buy! It makes teaching phonics easy! :) I highly recommend. I'm going to order the higher levels for my older daughter. :)
I really like this series. The explode the code books have helped my oldest with reading skills and I have now started my Kindergartener on them. They are affordable and easy to use. I like how the lessons are laid out so I can easily give them a lesson on the next concept and then let them practice with the books. It's nice having the lessons laid out in the same format so the kids know what to expect in the lessons as they work through the book. Practice with recognition, writing, and reading....it's all in here.