How to Teach Reading
Using Funnix

Funnix—An Investment in Your Child’s Future

Successful readers have numerous advantages over non-readers: Children who read well have brighter academic futures, greater earning capacity, and an increased likelihood of leading productive, successful, and happy lives. What parent wouldn’t want all that for their child?

How to Teach Reading Using Funnix

Funnix—An Investment in Your Child’s Future

Successful readers have numerous advantages over non-readers: Children who read well have brighter academic futures, greater earning capacity, and an increased likelihood of leading productive, successful, and happy lives. What parent wouldn’t want all that for their child?

Funnix For Homeschooling

No matter your reason for seeking a home-based reading program, you’ll want to spend your time wisely. Funnix teaches all the skills necessary for your child to become a successful reader: decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Funnix Beginning Reading provides non-readers with beginning skills through a second-grade level. Funnix 2 presents higher level skills that will boost your reader to a solid third-grade level.

With Funnix, your child will succeed, and will associate schooling with fun.  Just as success is good for your child, your confidence in teaching will be bolstered. And when your child has reading skills, there is virtually no limit to what can be taught next!

Your Role At Home

  • You schedule time for the lessons—about half an hour a lesson, ideally four or more times a week.

  • You sit with your child in front of the monitor/device, close enough for you and your child to touch the screen.

  • You select the lesson you’ll do from the main menu, or select “User” to start the lesson where you left off.

  • You control the mouse. This is not a video game, but a carefully sequenced program.

  • You individualize each lesson to your child’s needs. The narrator will present exercises for your child. The narrator will ask questions that the child is to answer aloud. During a lesson, your child will produce more than a hundred responses. For some tasks the program will stop while your child responds.

Funnix As A Supplement

When Funnix Reading Programs are used as supplements, you’ll test your child for placement and use the parts of the program that will support mastery of missing skills.

For children who struggle with reading individual words: Present only the structured sound and word portion of each Funnix lesson.

For children who aren’t fluent readers: Present only the Funnix stories for practice, which will lead to mastery. Note that the children should know most of the words in each story before they practice reading. Give children the passage reading tests (Appendix B) and follow the placement procedures (see Testing and Placement). If children are near the end of a first-level phonics program, usually they can read the stories in Funnix Reading Programs starting with lesson 60.