I never understood why a home school mom would even need this book until I had a second child. With my first kid, I did half the book's activities with my kid in a single day. But, with Avril and Norah to handle at once, it's pretty easy to get through an entire day without doing anything that could be called productive with the baby. So, now I understand the great appeal of Slow and Steady: Get me Ready. It's got weekly activities (like putting coins in a slot) that prepare your little ones for more formal learning later on. So, I may not do a ton of stuff with Avril like I did with Norah, but this way I know she will still be prepared when the time comes.
"...the child should have a set time everyday to read for fun. Begin with half an hour for first graders, and build up to an hour of reading time daily... This is an important part of the child's education: it improves his reading skills, teaches him the habit of sitting still with a book, and reminds him that reading is fun... free reading ought to be spent on literature at or slightly below the child's present reading level so that he can simply enjoy himself. The easier reading will help him increase his speed." The Well Trained Mind: The Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer