We are using Lifepacs for every subject except math this year, and I think all the others are good. I do not feel the same way about Lifepac First Grade LA. Consider: La covers several subjects; handwriting, grammar and punctuation, writing, phonics, reading, and reading comprehension. Lifepacs do not have enough pages to practice these skills in the depth necessary for mastery. We are using the TM and all the other Lifepac subjects except math. A key to using Lifepac LA successfully is to understand the the skills are reviewed and practiced in the material in other subjects. You must use at least two other Lifepac subjects, with the TM's to review handwriting and phonics being learned in the LA Lifepacs. However, even with me using these as effectively as possible, my son's reading and handwrititing were taking a nose dive. In addition, the teacher reads *with* the student for the first several Lifepacs, and phonics are used throughout even the Lifepac reading lists that have not been introduced yet. For instance today we were to learn and practice a word list of "th" words. Words such as "third" were in the list, though r-controlled vowels have not been covered yet. Compound words including /th/ were in the list, though compound words have not yet been covered. I like AOP but I really recommend you check out Horizons for Phonics, Math and Spelling and leave Lifepac LA on the shelf.