I am not a home schooler, but we didn't sign DS up for anything during the summer and I wanted to do a little something with him every day. DS is 4.5 and we are starting to teach him how to read. He knows his phonetics well and understands how to sound out words. I taught him a little without any resources, but I am not sure how to teach the exceptions and combo sounds. At his request one day, I wrote out a list of 50 or so 3-letter words off the top of my head. To my surprise, he could read them all fairly easily. He isn't very fast at words he isn't familiary with and tries to guess the word before he finishes sounding it out. That is totally fine and understandable...I just wanted to give some background.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons was recommended to us because it had relatively short lessons. I work, so I only have an hour or so between when I get home and when I need to get dinner started. I just got the book and briefly perused it. I noticed that the first few lessons taught phonetics of each letter. Is it okay to skip to a lesson further into the book or would the later lessons not make sense? I also read in reviews that kids have a hard time with spelling the words when using the method in this book. Is there another program that would help with spelling?