my 1st grade son does so well with explode the code. this year, we started him off with 1.5, then he did 2, and now we are on 3. i suspect we will be able to finish 4 by the end of the year. he gets so excited to start each new book. they are silly and the directions are simple enough for him to pick up and do all by himself. the books are so great with teaching phonics and teaching him to sound words out as he reads. he is beginning to really love reading and i believe these books have given him a lot of confidence.
This is the best Phonics curriculum for my daughter. It truly makes learning phonics fun and easy for her. The lessons are easy to follow and teach. I don't really see us using anything else for our Phonics curriculum. It's helped make reading so much easier for her.
I'm using this for my 4th child and it has worked well. He eagerly completed two of the pre-k books and is now doing the first K book. He was very excited to read his first words. It came easily and early in the year.
After 14 years of home schooling I can say that the Explode the Code series of phonics workbooks has helped my children with their reading skills like no other product. Paired with "Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" it is one of the best ways to teach beginning reading. I love it and will use it as long as I have children learning to read.