Hooked on Phonics is a company that has been in business since 1986. They started as a company based on teaching children to read. Then in 1990 Hooked on Math was born. Since then things have just taken off and now the company takes in subjects like foreign language, spelling, many levels of math, reading for all ages, handwriting, Bible stories, and more. Their method is proven and they have a high success rate.
Hooked on Phonics has been the recipient of many awards. Among these are Teacher’s Choice Awards for Learn to Read Pre-K Edition (2009), Hooked on Handwriting (2007), Hooked on Phonics Master Reader (2004), Hooked on School Success (2003), and Hooked on Math (2001). These are just a few of the awards they have won. They have also received awards from iParenting Media, The Association of Educational Publishers, Creative Child Awards, The National Parenting Seal of Approval, National Parenting Publications, and Dr. Toy.
While the success rate for Hooked on Phonics is high and they teach great skills for the foundation of readers and other subjects, it has to be said that it can be very repetitive. Which is great because it really gets the sounds and everything into a child’s mind but it can be too repetitive at times. The great thing is that you can skip tracks on the cd’s and move forward in the workbook to meet your child’s needs.
The games, and all of the materials you are given are well worth the money. It would be hard to put a price on having your child learn how to read and enjoy the process. This system allows for a lot of parent/child time together. These programs make a great addition to any curriculum or to just use as a single subject curriculum for homeschool use.