The reading portion is very nice. Mr. B doesn't need a reading program, but I'm all in favor of reinforcement. His spelling skills can always use some work. He can read with ease, but spelling is a different monster. I like this because he is inadvertently practicing spelling (my least favorite subject) while working on handwriting. The phonics portion is very nice for young students who are just learning to read, or older students who need a little more help. It's great for special needs kids, young or older.
I like that your student is taught to make nearly every lower case letter with 1 continuous stroke. That's exactly how I write naturally, so it just makes sense to me. It's been a little harder for Mr. B to do one stroke only, so we really practice on this. There's even practice in writing in a smaller size, which we needed so badly! Mr. B has a bad habit of writing way too big!
I took this while working on page 188, a lesson on writing smaller. You can tell the difference between my work, and Mr. B's. I really like this! It's fun to do, and he likes it. Plus, we get to work on phonics a little more.
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
If you want to really use the phonics portion, especially for a new reader, I suggest following the order in the book. If you do not need the phonics as much, but would rather focus on the handwriting then you can move around as you like. the suggested schedule is only 5mins each day.
2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?
This is appropriate for a wide range of ages. It is a physical product or e-book, so there are no hidden fees or anything like that.
I think this is really good for ADHD or ASD. The suggested schedule is only 5mins each day, so very short. The writing style is nice for those who have fine motor issues who may have trouble, like Mr. B, with anything beyond traditional block lettering. The phonics lessons build on each other, and are presented in an easy to understand manner.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.