Since we started homeschooling over a year ago, we have been using these amazing books. I read about Explode the Code online, and thought it seemed like a good way to go. And I was right.
The books are easy to understand and are laid out nicely. They all follow the same basic pattern, so once you finish one and go to the next, it’s easy because you already know what to do, the content is just a little more challenging.
Turner started out with Book 1 and is now using Book 3, at the beginning of his 2nd grade year (he technically should be on Book 4, but there was a 2-3 month span last year where we didn’t use them… oh well).
Lilly started out with Beyond the Code Books A, B, and C in Kindergarten. She really liked them. She is now on Book 1 1/2.
Yes, I have had my kids use the 1/2 books as well. I have mentioned before we like to work for mastery in subjects before advancing, so I wanted to be sure they were where they needed to be. However, Turner is such a better reader, and we may just go straight to 4 this time around.
We use these books 4 days of the week and they do 2-4 pages each time. They like to listen to classical music while working on them. It’s takes about 15 minutes for this, so it’s quick and fun.
*They do offer an online version, however, I wanted my kids to have that extra handwriting practice and less screen time, so we opt for the workbooks. I also order mine off Amazon with Prime Shipping, but I see deals on them all the time through Homeschool sites.
Would LOVE to hear your thoughts on Explode the Code: how they did or didn’t work for you.
*There is a short video of my son using Book 3 on our Facebook page.