I have heard from other bloggers as well as mom friends who have used hooked on phonics with much success. When my second child was born we were able to get a free copy of Hooked On Phonics through Freecycle and thought it would be something worthy of trying.
I will be honest the kit we received was not complete, but you can’t complain for free and other issues came about with our second born that made us get more important issues on the front burner than simply teaching him how to read and pronounce words.
My friends who have used Hooked on Phonics as a means to help their child learn to read were very satisfied with the end result. Some of their children were beyond their normal classmates and others were able to quickly catch up to be at their normal age reading level. I am a huge fan of reading with your children, as I do every night before bed, but I am not always good at truly teaching them how to read. Hooked On Phonics seems to be a way to assist you in teaching your children in a way that encourages them to want to learn more.
Have you ever tried Hooked on Phonics, or know someone who has? How did it work out for you?