My 6 year old (1st grade) homeschooler finished Level A in December of 2012, and we started this book in January. We do a page, front and back, 5 days a week. We should finish Level B by May 2013. We LOVE MCP and will continue with Level C when we are ready for that one :)
This book goes further than more sounds than taught in Level A including:
- hard and soft consonants (such as g,c)
- r-controlled vowels
- more variety of diagraphs
- vowel pairs
- vowel diagraphs like 'oo', 'au', 'aw'
- dipthongs like 'ou','ow', 'oy', and 'ew'
- synonyms, anonyms
There is much more WRITING than Level A and the lessons have lots of variety including unscrambling words, crossword puzzles, word ladders, selecting the right word from a word box to fill in the blank, circling the right word, and reading stories with fill-in-the-blank comprehension.
The word ladders are a bit too challenging for my daughter. We skip those and are using Daily Word Ladders: Grades 1-2: 150+ Reproducible Word Study Lessons That Help Kids Boost Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling and Phonics Skills! For comparison, MCP Level B gives 4 word ladders per page with only the first and last word of each ladder. The children just have to figure out how to get to the last word of each ladder on their own. Daily Word Ladders gives one ladder per page, the beginning word, and clues (definition + which letter to change) to help the child figure out the next word. Once she can do the word ladders without clues, we'll do the ones in this book.
If you wanted to make the word ladders easier, you could also give your children a word bank :)