There is no "best" curriculum, even when it comes to online curriculum, because children are not all the same--what works well for one student may be a disaster for another. This list includes a variety of options that, based on our experience, are popular with homeschool families. (Being included on our list does not imply our endorsement of any.) Note that new options are popping up all the time but some are scams so vet them carefully before spending money on them.
A: A couple of decades ago, one child greatly affected my views on teaching children to read. This boy was about 8 or maybe 9 years old when his parents brought him to the tutoring company where I then worked as a full-time tutor.