I’ve had the same dilemma about which phonics programme to use for quite some time and I too believe in being proactive in my child’s learning. I’ve tried Letterland and Jolly Phonics and although they are good, I realised that all these are just different formats. Sometimes my 4 year old kid lacks focus. Somedays, she’s willing to sing songs, other days she just doesn’t feel like listening to what I have to teach her.
Eventually I engaged a tutor. Her lessons are tweaked to suit my child’s needs. She comes prepared with so many different activities to suit visual, kinaesthetic and auditory learners that my child doesn’t get bored at all. And what’s great is that after every lesson, I know exactly what was thought and reinforce it with additional pointers given by the tutor or from what I get when I google stuff. And when I reinforce the things that were taught, my child will recall almost everything including the actions, songs, poems, etc. And that is so much easier for me to get her to focus on the task at hand.
If you’re looking for the best advice on which programme to use, I can pass you her contact details. She’s very helpful and will give you her honest opinion on the programmes available as she has been in the industry for quite awhile.