I used this with both of my kids and have recommended it to all my friends and family. I love, love, love this book. In my opinion, it's the best reading program on the market. It's very simple progam, at a very low cost, that provides unbelievable results.
I am using this with my youngest child. It is very simple but effective. We are on lesson 37. My child is easily sounding out words and reading sentences. He has enjoyed this progam so there is no complining over the lessons. I would recomend this to anyone begining a reading program. I was told that it doesn't work with all children but I m only using it for one.
We have thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is great for helping me learn the foundations of teaching reading and where to begin. I love that "stories" are introduced very quickly and my son felt like he was "reading" early on in the lessons. Once I found a rhythm and learned how my son was learning, I was able to diverge from the script and have fun with the lessons. I moved to writing the stories on the whiteboard early so as to reinforce proper sentence structure (eg: capitals and punctuation) versus just reading the words. This is definitely a helpful and very useful tool for basic reading instruction. If you choose not to follow the lesson structure to the "T" it will still work! (And yes, reading and referring back to the directions will quickly answer most questions you develop along the way.)
As a new homeschooling mom of two older boys pulled out of public school with great difficulty with reading, I was very nervous about teaching my younger children to read. I even considered sending them to Kindergarten and then pulling them into homeschool once they learned to read. We are 30 lessons into this book with my 5 year old daugher. She struggled with the rhyming in the beginning and I worried and wondered if it was just too soon, but we kept with it and then it just clicked. Now when we hit something new, I just go with it and repeat a lesson if necessary, knowing that it will click eventually. She loves her reading lessons and reminds me that we need to do it if it is a particulary busy day and we forgot. I'm excited to see how it ends up, and where we will go from here. I'm looking at curriculum for next year and not sure what kind of reading materials will be needed following this book, but I do highly recommend it thus far.