DD is 5.5 and doing K this year. She says she wants to learn to read, but every time we sit down to do lessons, she balks. I have OPGTR and HOP. I don't like HoP (I don't like how they say some of the sounds. For example they might say "puh" sometimes instead of a clipped /p/) but it was what DD9 loved and she did okay so I kept it. I much prefer OPGTR so that's what I started using with DD5. She fought me every time. I of course don't want to make reading time a battle so I followed her lead and asked her and found out she didn't like it. She wanted to try HoP so I let her. We have made it a few lessons in, but it was pretty hit or miss if she willing did a lesson or not from the start and now the last few attempts have all been resisted. She says she likes it and says she wants to learn to read, but does not want to do the lessons. And it's when she's willingly doing school with me, not when I'm pulling her from play. She loves having her one-on-one mama time to do school.
We used AAR pre-reading level and she loved it. She loves Ziggy. I was looking at AAR level 1 online and she came over when she heard them mention ziggy in the video for the games book. She didn't say anything but watched the whole video intently.
Money is tight but we can get some of it covered through our charter so we'd end up paying about $75 OOP. Doable, but not something we want to just throw money at for a small "maybe".
Does it sound like AAR might be a good fit for her, or do I push on with what we have? She's a quiet kid and has anxiety and is also quite stubborn. So it's kind of hard to tell if she's resisting because she's just being difficult/5, because it's hard and makes her anxious, or because it's just not a good fit for her and it's worth a switch. I really don't want to create negative feelings with reading so I'm reluctant to assume and just push.