My daughter was reading phonetically at 21 months, thanks to Your Baby Can Read. It does work but I think it would be way too boring for a six year old. The Leapfrog DVDs would be much better. You can also look into the Brillkids Little Reader. It is like Your Baby Can Read but takes less time everyday, so your child may not get bored with it. It is a downloadable software product that you can customize.