With all the great reviews I really thought it would be a good program. Having homeschooled for many years I have seen my fair share of good and not so good programs. I have to say this one is one falls into the not so good catagory. The incentive program is nice but I can buy stickers cheaper elsewhere. The songs are truly awful in that they are so repetitive they just aren't fun. For example, the learning to count song is literally counting 1-10 twelve times in a row. That's it. My child enjoyed it the first couple of times and then she was done with it. The teachers handbook was slapped together. For example, they include a poorly constructed clock, with which I can only presume, I'm suppose to teach time telling skills. The teachers book has actually one paragraph describing what to do with the clock. "Practice counting around the clock with the hour hand and saying 1o' clock, 2 o'clock, ect." A quality program would have you work on the concept of time passing not just the hand going around the face of a clock. A new homeschooler, that didn't know better, would have serious problems with the poor instructions in this teachers guide. This is a prevailing problem throughout the entire teachers guide. There are much better programs out there. Stay away for this one.
I bought this because I remember, as a teenager, listening to my brother and sisters learn to read through this program. I went to public school until 8th grade and learned to read by memorizing words. Then I would listen to and watch my siblings use this and I learned my phonics!
My son, 3.5 years when we started this, LOVES this program! He enjoys the music and sings along. He loves all the colorful pictures and is really learning!
Great product! It provides the perfect way for preschoolers to get excited about school and learning through great activities and music! I have used it for two of my kiddos and plan on using it for the next two!
I've been a fan of Sing, Spell, Read and Write since I taught elementary school. I am happy with my purchase. I am missing the large alphabet cards. Didn't bother since I had some from previous years. I'm more excited about the older levels but I would recommend.
We have just been using this product for a short while, but even my two-year-old wants to do it. She sings the songs right along with her preschool aged brother. The songs are catchy and fun. This program is very "age appropriate.". As a former kindergarten teacher, I feel that this program dies a good job to prepare a little one for kindergarten without pressure.