What is Funnix? Reading Resources for Parents and Teachers

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What is Funnix? Reading Resources for Parents and Teachers

Funnix is a small-step, carefully sequenced web-based reading program designed to teach your child to read—and to enjoy reading—as efficiently as possible. Funnix teaches all of the skills necessary for children to become successful readers: decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Upon completion of the 220 Funnix lessons, children will have command of a vocabulary of about 2000 words, including multi-syllabic and irregular words. Children who master Funnix also have the skills to decode thousands of words that aren’t introduced in the program.

The roots of the Funnix program go back to the 1960s when Siegfried “Zig” Engelmann created an explicit, carefully sequenced teaching model known as Direct Instruction. Over the next decades, Engelmann authored more than 100 instructional programs, all field-tested and revised to make sure that they worked—and worked well—before they were published.

From Struggle to Success

These programs have been implemented around the globe with phenomenal success: A conservative estimate places the number of students helped by DI programs at more than ten million. More than ten million learners who previously struggled with reading are now successful readers, thanks to Engelmann’s Direct Instruction programs.

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In 1998, Owen Engelmann (Zig’s son) decided to develop a homeschool computer program that taught reading. Owen and Zig adapted work from a previously published program into a digital visual presentation for the computer, and Funnix was born.

Funnix was not designed to entertain, but you and your child will find it entertaining. It was not designed to be something your child does independently—it is not a video game—but you will both find it fun and easy to use. Most of all, Funnix is like the other products that Zig, Owen, and their colleagues developed: It doesn’t just work well, it works better than anything else you could use.

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