Until last month, the only reading lessons my 5 yo L has had came from the Leap Frog Phonics DVDs and also from various kids tv shows. She could tell us some letter sounds, using the Leap Frog cues, but she didn't always remember the letter names.
I had been wooed by all the positive reviews I was seeing from other parents regarding Susan Wise Bauer's reading curriculum, The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. So I bought it. I started it with 5 yo L, but we were 3 days into it and she could only remember that A says ah. She didn't consistently remember that E says eh or that I says ih. She also didn't seem to hear the difference between ah, eh, and ih very well. And the poem ... well, she mumbled the poem along with me and only said a word here and there.
I wonder if learning all 5 vowels back-to-back is too confusing. We have used Reading Made Easy with our first 5 children. It learns A says ah, and then some other consonants first. That way the child can put ah together with some consonants right away, and then combine them into short 3 letter words. We've never taught all five vowels together.
I don't know which is better and which will work. I toyed with using both, intermittently, but I think that would be too confusing. I also know that I can't really call a 3 day effort a real test for The Ordinary Parent's Guide To Teaching Reading.
Maybe at 5.5 she just isn't ready, at least not for one lesson per day. We may need to do more reinforcing for each lesson before we move on. She wants to do more and more and more school. I don't have enough to satisfy her, to be honest. I guess it's time to get creative with her, to figure out ways to reinforce the lessons and to provide more "schoolwork" for her.