We got this curriculum for our new K5 5 year old. She does great with the program. At first it was a bit of a struggle because the lessons are a bit long and writing intensive. Around lesson 20 she started to really like the lessons. Yes, it took a little while however, it has paid off! She reads better than most K5 students and she is able to decode a word that she doesn't know. She did go into this knowing her alphabet and sounds and how to form all the letters. I really love this program because she loves it. Are there more "fun" programs out there....yes however, I have a child that is pretty serious when it comes to school work and this challenges her just enough to keep her interest but not enough to discourage her. This is a VERY teacher intensive curriculum. If you are looking for something with little interaction from the teacher this is NOT the curriculum for you. Thus far it is great for our family!
This is an awful curriculm for beginners who came into kindergarten not knowing letter sounds or blends. I just started in Jan with my 5 year old this curriculm after laying a good foundation of letter sounds and blends in Sept-dec. She still struggles! And most of the seat work is 3 pages front and back...it takes over an hour to do this work with her and she gets so frustrated she can not get it. I would never recommend this highly challenging curriculm to a mother of a 5 year old. I also asked my mom who has been a teacher for 30+ years and she says that this at 1st grade level work or harder.