We used it with all three of our children. We used it around kindergarten age (maybe 4 yrs old with our first). Around halfway through the book with each of them, their skill level is such that they are bored by the stories in the book, so we started adding easy readers from the library (level A/1/etc). I am a big fan of TYCTR. The lessons are short enough that the kids don't get too bored, and they cover a lot of information.
We never got to 100 with any of the kids, but they are all able to read quite well.
I really love it. My daughter and I are going through it. We started before ps started this year to just get her ahead (since it was her second year of K at ps) and she could read some words just a few lessons in. It worked for her. She is very active so the short lessons are good and its awesome that there are no distractions on the pages. The only thing she can focus on are the letters. lol. When she is out of ps next week to start homeschooling we will pick back up with that.
I've used it with 2 of my 4 children. I like it -- with reservations. I generally started it when they were about 4, but it depended on the child (one was closer to 5 the other just turned 4). It's very systematic. Once they are done they are at about 2nd grade level (or almost done -- one of my kids was reading fluently at about 2nd grade level or higher after about 3/4 of the book and so it didn't make sense to finish as it had already accomplished its purpose and other books were better at improving his fluency and vocabulary). I agree with the mild criticism that it probably overdoes the special shapes for the various sounds, but for some kids it may be necessary or helpful. The writing is useful but might be frustrating for a child who wasn't comfortable writing but was able to comprehend the reading. On the plus side, I very much like the fact that they teach the children to listen when they sound out a word and exactly HOW to "sound out" and give a way to practice sounding out -- something that most other programs I've seen either hand-wave over or don't do at all. The gradual approach makes it non-threatening and the scripts make it easy to prep for. I think that all-in-all it is a very good program, and most children using it will be able to read well after the 100 lessons are over.
I agree. TYCTR is very specific about what a child should be saying and what they should NOT be saying (in the notes to parents) and you are to correct them right away. For instance, for sounding out 'fan' as "fuh-an" versus blending the f right into the a. Other reading programs we've tried aren't so specific.
On the plus side, I very much like the fact that they teach the children to listen when they sound out a word and exactly HOW to "sound out" and give a way to practice sounding out -- something that most other programs I've seen either hand-wave over or don't do at all.
I have used it with two and plan to use it with the third. My oldest had a terrible time learning to read. He struggled and struggled. When I found 100 lessons he took off. He was 6 Almost 7.
My second child was just barely 4...she flew through it in record time and had zero issues.
They were on opposite ends of the learning curve with learning to read and 100 lessons worked for both. I'm more than sold and recommend it to anyone who asks. Plus it is cheap!