My daughter had flown through 2 levels of HWOT her kindergarten year so I picked this one up since. It ended up being to much for her and we didn't like it. This year in first grade we decided to give it another try and we both love it! She is motivated to do her best so that on the final one she can pick out a sheet and color it, write her verse, and think about someone to give it to. I think if we would have started with the K level she would have done great last year but I wasn't sure since the other program seemed to easy for her. We have not used the teachers manual this year as I haven't found it necessary.