I never write reviews, but I am SO, SO pleased with this book, I had to! It's my way of saying thanks, and I just want everyone to know, this is a terrific programme. My son is 4, and more to the point, a September-born. He is therefore the eldest in the class and getting a bit bored at Nursery School. The head teacher told me he is very mature, doing things Reception/Kindergarten children are doing, and is ready to read. I had no idea how to teach him to read. But then I found The Reading Lesson on Amazon, and we both love it. It is so easy, well-thought out, and straight forward. He is reading, and loving it! We are only on Chapter 5 and he can already read one of his books at home - I know he's very proud of himself. He actually asks to do his homework all the time (we only do 5 minutes at a time) and he is rewarded by getting to play 5 minutes of video games. He also gets a reward at the end of each Chapter, each generally taking about 1 week.
A further note about speech & language: My son has had issues with his hearing, and as a result, he makes some sounds incorrectly, e.g. t/k mixed up. This book first captured my interest because it looked so similar to his speech & language 'homework'. This book is actually teaching him the same things, and more. His speech & sounds are improving all the time!