Hooked on Phonics Really Works Sign up here to receive freebies, deals, and resources!! This post contains my referral link which helps support the work of this site. Here’s my full disclosure policy. When our oldest son was 4 my husband and I splurged on Hooked on Phonics. At the Time the system was a stretch for our budget, but honestly this was one of the best things we have ever purchased. All 5 of our boys have either learned to read or become stronger readers with the Hooked on Phonics system. The activities, workbooks and readers are colorful, engaging and really work. My youngest son is finally deep into the workbooks. He has been our most reluctant reader. The good news is that once again, the program is yielding results. I am pretty sure my future grandkids are going to reap the benefit of that original purchase!