Have you heard the joke about planting a fruit tree? The best time to plant was ten years ago. The second best time is today. So there’s your answer: begin today!
That said, there are a few caveats.
Your child should be developmentally ready to write, since Happy Cheetah Reading begins with handwriting. Most parents like to begin with handwriting around age four or five.
If your child struggles with writing, you might put the program aside for a few months. Three months can make a tremendous difference developmentally.
As for reading itself, research shows that the optimal time for teaching children to read is from the ages of six to eight.
Prior to that, read to your child. Ideally, you’d log a thousand hours before you start to teach reading.
Have an eager child, age four or five? You are welcome to start Happy Cheetah Reading at any point, but if your child seems stressed at all—fidgeting, balking at coming to the table, crying—put the program aside for a few months. You have time.
And if your child has already been struggling to learn to read for some time, this book [link to remedial reading book] will help.