This is a good product for building very basic phonics skills. I was expecting something a little more involved, but the repetitive nature of Explode the Code is good to solidify any skills that were lagging.
I highly recommend the Explode the Code series for teaching phonics. There's LOTS of repetition and it goes slowly enough for students who struggle with learning reading. We're only on book 2 but I'll be using the entire series to continue teaching my son reading with our homeschooling.
I am very happy with this workbook. This is one of my first grade daughter's favorite things to do in school. Each page has a fun phonics activity with cute little drawings. My daughter views each page as a game and really enjoys it. I wouldn't use this as a stand alone phonics program as it is pretty simple and not too indepth about teaching concepts but it is nice to fill in with.
I love what Explode the Code has done for my daughter! It is such a wonderful way to introduce spelling, phonics, & reading. The way students are guided through this process is wonderful & she was able to do the majority of the work independently. I was amazed at how quickly it moved my daughter from reading simple words to recognizing & spelling compound words & beyond. She went through books 1-8 in about 2 1/2 years & they gave her a great foundation. She also used the Beyond the Code books, but, although they were good practice, I felt they needed to be more challenging at that point. Within the year after she completed the Explode the Code series she was able to read, at 8 years old, books of 300 plus pages at a grade level 4 years or more ahead of her actual grade. I would highly reccommend these books!