I bought this after witnessing a co-worker's child (6 years old) reading a book (probably 2nd grade level) all by himself, and understanding it. I asked my co-worker if he was gifted, or if she just spent a enormous amount of time teaching him to read. She said all she did was get the hooked on phonics Pre-K thru kindergarten, and he did the rest. She said she did go over the work books with him, and gave him works of encouragement. I decided to get one for my oldest boy (6). He already had a good comprehension on word sounds and things like ch, sh, it, or, on, etc. I feel like I have ripped him off for not getting it sooner. If you spend any more time thinking about getting this, and your child knows and can make the sounds for respective words, you are wasting time. My kid loves this stuff. He ripped thru 11 lessons in a row. We review the lessons the next day, and yes he needs reinforcement, but WOW! This is awesome, they should be using this in all schools.
I just ordered the Pre-K pack for my younger boys, who are a tad slower than average, but want to do what big brother is doing.
Joanna - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero