I just now started teaching my 6 1/2 year old. He just hasn't been ready. My youngest daughter learned at 4, and my oldest at 5 and they took right off. My son is an older kindergartner with a September birthday. We spent this year learning letters and sounds. We've been using AAR 1 for about 3 weeks and he's reading cvc words and is reading Bob Books. I wouldn't say he's taking off with reading as it is very challenging for him, but he will get there! I actually was a slow reader myself! I didn't learn to read until 3rd grade when a kind teacher let me stay in the classroom for lunch time so she could help me. By fourth grade I had far surpassed by peers and was always an avid reader! Hope this helps some!