FREE Funnix Reading Program

24 Jan

At the end of my daughter’s third year, I taught her how to read.  A friend of mine suggested the book How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann.  At the time, I was homeschooling, she was ready to read, and so I decided I had nothing to lose!  I was a little nervous about the whole process, because at the time, learning to read seemed like such a big deal!  I was worried I would screw it up somehow.

One of the great things about this book is that it teaches you how to teach your child, from the very beginning.  They are extremely specific about how to go about correcting your child.  I followed the book precisely, and within a few lessons, my daughter was reading!  Some days were more difficult than others, because some days her attention wandered.  Some days she just wanted to stand on her chair and stare out the window.  If I could tell she was bored or was not “into” it, we put it away until the following day.  I also gave her a “prize” upon completion to help motivate her along the way.  She is in kindergarten now and reads at a second grade level.

For the remainder of January, the same people who brought us How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons are providing a FREE download of their Funnix reading program.  If you homeschool, or even if you don’t, but you like to teach from home, or just want to keep your kids busy learning over the summer, this is a must have!  I downloaded it myself.  It took me about two nights, because I use my computer during the day; so I had to download it incrementally.

You can get the free download through the end of January here: www.funnix.com.  It’s a $240.00 value!

There are two different parts.  The first is another teach your child to read segment, which include lessons 1-122.  Then, there is a second segment, which the website says goes to a second grade level.

I tried the first segment and it’s a great starting point for my 3 year old.  It was not advanced enough for my five year old.  I started the second segment with her, and she was at the perfect point for that.  I have not tried as many of the beginning lessons as I have the more advanced.  My five year old completed the first lesson of the second segment and loved it.  There were times when the computer teacher would say something like, “Moose, an animal that looks something like a deer,” and my daughter would respond, “I already know this.”

The download comes with a workbook and teachers manual as well.  The workbook focuses a lot more on comprehension, which is just what my daughter needs going into first grade.

Once I tried it, and knew it was as great as the How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, I knew I needed to pass along the information!  I would recommend this program for ages 3-2nd grade reading level.  Download and enjoy!

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