|Funnix.com offers downloads of its Funnix Reading Program for Windows or Mac for free. The program has been very successful with a large range of children from ages 4 through 7 who enter the program knowing nothing about reading, including children who have been written off by schools. The Funnix sequence teaches 2 years of reading skills and is regularly priced at $249.|
The free version of Funnix is electronic. You download the entire package of 220 lessons and other material onto your computer, and you have everything you need to teach the program. The steps of what you do and how you do it are spelled out in Teacher’s Guide, which you review before presenting the program. Workbook and textbook activities accompany the lessons. You print these.
When you teach Funnix, you and you child sit next to each other and watch the computer screen. A narrator presents a series fast-paced exercises in each 30-minute lesson. The narrator asks questions, and your child responds--out loud. Your job is to reinforce correct responses and correct any mistakes by following simple rules for "navigating" through the material.
Computer requirements: You will need at least 2 GB of free space available on your computer. PC users: XP, Vista. MAC users: 10.4 or above. You will need a high speed internet, either cable or DSL. Dial-up is not recommended.
Free offer ends January 31.