Although I never really post anything, I've been lurking around this community for a few years. I'm thankful I found it as others' posts and experiences have been helpful in my own journey. I have 4 children- 15, 6, 4, & almost 2.
I tried A Beka this year with my 6 yrs old (K) & my DD is doing ok with it once we start the lesson but sometimes she avoids it like the plague, lol. I'm also not loving it; there are so many extra pieces involved. I didn't buy all the extras except for the short vowel word cards. So, I don't know whether or that's the reason why I feel "blah" about it. I've been hearing a lot about CLE lately & am wondering if it's any different (more cohesive) from Abeka phonics. I do like that there are very few extras to buy. I'm also seriously considering IEW PALS b/c of all the games included. I have mostly read sponsored reviews but can't seem to find anything else. Anyone have any experience with either program? Thoughts? Once done with IEW PALS, at what grade level should the child be reading? What do/did you follow that program with ( since IEW doesn't make anything to follow it)? TIA!