I am not a program person really.
I taught both boys to read using nothing but the good ol' alphabet (gasp!).
It takes a certain amount of time and practice, and we're finally adding up enough hours to be fluid and stumble less.
I have heard great things from several people about the book "Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons", so broke down and bought it last Spring.
This is what I've been using for Susanna over the last few months, going along at our own pace.
First of all, Sue (age 5) already knew her alphabet and sounds, so that was a start I would recommend before beginning this book.
Secondly, each lesson includes a sound writing lesson (writing out the new letter), which Susanna absolutely refused to do when we started.
Because of that I halted the program until deciding to omit that piece. Why make reading a battle? She really wanted to read, she just wasn't ready to write.
Susie's been through about 40 lessons so far and she is READING short stories!!!
Last of all, we sometimes do several chapters a day (each takes about 15-20 minutes of time working together); and sometimes we don't do a chapter for several weeks.
I like that the lessons/chapters are numbered and I always know right where to pick up!
We've created our own pace this way.
Olivia is just getting familiar with the Alphabet and though not yet 4 years old, if she wants to start reading along with her siblings, I think she could start this book too.
I have been very pleased this far, and would highly recommend giving it a try. I won't be surprised to find that it's not the silver bullet for every one of my children, but if it works for any of them I say "HOORAY!!"
Here's a little demonstration:-)
4 years ago