5 Stars Out Of 5
August 19, 2016
Starting off, I purchased a bright, fun phonics program and thought surely it would be a good fit for my very creative kiddo. For some reason my son did NOT do well with it. It was distracting, busy, and worst of all, I felt like he was using the pictures to figure out how to read. I asked for suggestions and someone recommended this. I was skeptical, but ordered it. THIS WAS PERFECT! The black and white, short lessons, ease of teaching, and flexibility made this a great fit for us. My son did not get overwhelmed and it allowed me to do more or less depending on our schedule. We primarily used a magna-doodle board and I would introduce the new concept in the daily lesson. Then I would write a word, or later, sentence. Many times I would have him read the word and I would make up a silly sentence involving it, or we would draw a picture after he had read it- just a short, silly doodle, which he found really fun. Or he would use the magnetic stamps on a second board when he got a word right. We could do games with them if I felt creative, have him practice writing the words, turn the sentences into a book which he could illustrate, or simply read through the new words in the book when we were needing more ease. I loved how it was plain and simple- and he was reading with fluency and ease about 2/3 of the way through the book! Like, the first book he picked up and read had 50 pages with a paragraph on every other page. I was floored! This really worked and wasn't filled with fancy instructions or bells and whistles. Also I liked how it wasn't heavy on rules. It would introduce the concept and rule briefly, but not go crazy (which I noticed some other friends struggling with in their own phonics programs with their kids). It builds confidence quickly and really is a practical, thorough, and fantastic book. Great value. I did not know there were companion readers, which I think could have been helpful I'm sure, but I was able to open this up and do the lesson without any prep or creative energy if I didn't want to. I will be using this for our other kids for sure. Even if their learning styles are different, the plainness makes this very adaptable. I HIGHLY recommend it!