I am currently using this book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons with my 3rd child, Bennett.
Bennett loves doing “my reading book” with me, and receiving a star next to the lesson number each day when he finishes.
I have used this book with 3 children now, and I have loved the peace of mind and guidance that it has given me. It tells the parent EXACTLY what to say and do in each lesson. The words that the parent should say are even written in red.
The title of this book pretty much sums it up. It is divided into exactly 100, simple, step-by-step lessons that typically take about 20 minutes a day. It introduces every single phonetic sound in the English alphabet and teaches fluency and comprehension as well. I knew that at the end of this program my children would have a strong foundation in phonics, which was exactly what I was looking for. I also loved the no-frills, focused simplicity that this program offered. It was published in 1983 and has since been used by many families with great results.
Another plus is that it is very inexpensive. I paid about $10 for mine, and it requires no other materials. Simple, effective, and cheap! Perfect!