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 several 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.
These programs have been implemented around the globe with phenomenal success. More than ten million learners who previously struggled with reading are now successful readers, thanks to Engelmann’s Direct Instruction programs.
In 1998, Owen Engelmann (Zig’s son) decided to develop a homeschool computer program that teaches reading. Owen and Zig adapted work from a previously published program into a digital visual presentation for the computer, and Funnix was born.