zoophonics-a very cool (and fun) phonics program.
I was telling DH the other day that my biggest concern about the twins never setting foot in a pre-school/class is reading. I just don't know where to begin. So he went and asked a coworker of his. He works at a residential mental health facility for teens and kids, but they also do schooling for the residents and day treatment only kids. The teacher he talked to specializes in reading and phonics, and highly reccomends the program. The home kit is only 38, and it is so cool!
It teacher the letter by sight, but also associates it with a sound (a=ah), but also an animal. BUt it adds a kinesthetic part, and each "letter" comes with a motion for the animal.
As good proof, one of the kdis at the teacher worked with had reading ability, even though he was 2nd grade age. Within a week he was reading a few words, and left the facility with a first grade reading level (he was there almost a year I think?). Considering he had some bad behavioral issues, I'd say that was pretty good.
The home edition is only $38, but they have all kidns of free stuff to download and print. And it is used by a lot of preschools and early elementary classes. I think we're going to use it!